Derek McInnes decision shows Sunderland are in deep trouble

Sunderland – rejected by an Aberdeen manager, who at best, can finish second and could  maybe win a Scottish Cup.

The Mackems have now hit rock bottom.

A shock decision by Derek McInnes (who was sacked by Bristol City in January 2013 – the club relegated to League One after finishing rock bottom of the Championship, 10 points adrift of second bottom) must surely raise concerns about the ambition of Sunderland’s board and their ability to attract managers of any real capability.

McInnes had given signals previously of wanting to join Sunderland but was wary about the budget that would be available. Previously, Telegraph Sport reported that Moyes quit after the owner refused to confirm that parachute payments would be available to the manager, even refusing to confirm whether he would be able to use any money from player sales.

With time ticking away, it appears that McInnes has also been told the same. If this is true, Sunderland are in deep trouble. Pickford’s £30m sale now no longer means £25m (£5m is based on hitting appearance targets) more added to the transfer kitty.

Sunderland have now lost their best player and seem set to lose Defoe as well to a free transfer. They are left with a squad of people who no longer want to be there and those who are not good enough to be there.

It is doubtful Rodwell will find life in the Championship anymore fruitful than he did in the Premier League. Jack Colback certainly didn’t find it much easier in the Championship, and he had far better performances than Rodwell, by far. Their defence is old and shaky. Kone almost certainly will leave, with West Brom interested. Sunderland will also find that the money coming in for him is not as high as it was a few months ago.

The Championship is a difficult league. Those who underrate it do so at their own peril.

Villa invested a ton of money and will be challenging.

Leeds will certainly try again, even though they are in disarray.

Middlesbrough have made a shrewd investment in their manager and look good to challenge for promotion.

Hull City might do well again, they have a sound history of getting promoted.

Norwich are still down in the Championship.

Reading and Sheffield Wednesday might well challenge again.

It’s far from certain that Sunderland will even finish in the promotion places with their current squad, down on confidence, and in complete disarray.

Sunderland need to appoint a manager and quickly. But after this rejection, the question is, who will really want to sign for them? They will all wonder why the Aberdeen manager rejected them, and look at Moyes’ cries about broken promises, and wonder whether it’s best for their careers.

Unless they sign a good, well regarded manager, what player would risk their career on a move to Sunderland?

Looks like it’s not as easy when the shoe’s on the other foot though, is it?

The Fat Spanish Waiter, as the Mackems called Rafa, came up at the first time of asking.

Can the new manager of the “Great Sunderland squad that relegated Newcastle” do the same?

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  • TubbyMunky

    How long before Mackems derby games are against Hartlepool?

  • hetonmag

    John Carver is available.

  • MadMag83

    It’s a tough job for somebody. Whoever does take the job will be faced with the pressure to get promotion with a poor squad and little money to invest in an overhaul. I doubt they will be bad enough to be relegated again but I can’t see them being good enough for promotion. Mid table at best for the scum next season.

  • NUFCLX

    Lawrie McMenemy is available

  • Albert Stubbins

    in my lifetime Sunderland have never been able to attract a big name manager to their club- the closest they ever got to it was Lawrie Mac and we all know what happened there- big players and managers have never been attracted to little sunderland- it just doesnt happen. This though is a new all time low for them. Maybe Terry Butcher could come back- is he on the dole yet?

  • Blackburn1066

    If Sunderland start the season bad and get stuck at the bottom its no telling what might happen.