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Sunderland fans react as club given permission to speak to League One specialist Manager – Classic comments

5 years ago

Sunderland fans have reacted after the news that the club has now been given formal permission (for the second time ) to speak to a potential manager, about the vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

Aberdeen were approached earlier this month and gave Sunderland permission to speak to Derek McInnes.

However, despite managing in the pub league over the border, McInnes hastily backed away after realising just what a mess Sunderland are in.

Thursday though has seen Sunderland once again given permission to speak to another club’s manager.

With only five weeks until the new season, their two best players having jumped ship, and little/no transfer budget, time was rapidly running out.

Good to see the Mackems planning ahead for once, as they have gone for League One specialist Simon Grayson.

In all four of his posts so far, he was appointed by League One clubs – Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston.

He managed to get all four promoted eventually but was then sacked by two of the first three clubs after failing dismally in the Championship.

Sunderland fans had been hoping that the much speculated German takeover might happen and ambition to land on Wearside with a high profile new manager to take them forward but no…

The takeover is now looking increasingly unlikely (today has seen the Press Association report that the takeover isn’t happening and then club statement confirmed that) and they are now stuck with Ellis Short who can’t give the club away and a League One quality manager.

This is how Sunderland fans have reacted to the news, comments via the Ready To Go Mackem message board:

‘Think this would be the most depressing appointment we’ve ever made.’

‘Must mean no takeover ?

He’s asked for permission so Preston have reluctantly allowed him to speak to us.’

‘I give up me like, the club is a mess.’


‘Shambles this club, club’s on its knees and getting worse!

20-25,000 crowds next season if we’re lucky!!!’

‘Nee takeover then, class.’

‘Just end the club man.’

‘And people on here were not happy with Moyes!!!!’

‘We could easily go down next year.

He’s as dull as bloody dishwater and has no record of promotion from the Championship. Rubbish appointment.’

‘We are in big, big trouble.’

‘Well there’s a ‘happy to stabilise in the Championship’ appointment if ever I heard one.’

‘What a come down this is.’

‘This will get season ticket sales jumping through the roof.’

‘Got no faith in this takeover happening now , why wait 2 weeks after the mcinnes carry on.’

‘It’s alreet, he’s better than Benitez. I read it on here.’

‘I think its time to stop expecting logic to apply to this football club.

Its bad, really, really bad.’

‘Genuinely couldn’t think of a more underwhelming appointment. The job, club and the egos in the dressing room will be too big for him.’

What a time to be alive.’

‘If he comes here that is a new low for us. Won’t be happy with him here, just gets worse by the week with us. No takeover if he is to come in then.’

‘League One play offs next season?’

‘It’s not a big name but to be fair to the bloke he’s done a good job at Preston. It’s a safe route to go down.’

‘Go down being the operative words. He’s as dull as dishwater and has got no record of getting promotion out of anything other than diddly lower leagues.

Lambert would have been a far better appointment.’

‘I would certainly take him and if anybody wouldn’t take the 11th placed finishes he has guided Preston to the last two years given our current state then they are off their rocker.’

‘Whoop de doo.’

‘Fortunately he will turn us down due to “finishing a project” at preston.’

‘He is a canny manager at this level to be fair.’

‘Canny at getting sacked after failing to get promoted from it.’

‘This makes the Wilko appointment look dynamic and inspired.’

‘At least there will be some canny away days in League One.’

‘This the end of us being a decent size club.’

‘The worrying thing for me would be the takeover being off. Surely no new owners would be looking at Simon Grayson?’

‘This club is trying it’s utmost to tip me over the edge.’

‘Another relegation battle coming up.’

‘He will be a steady pair of hands in all seriousness, clearly we are rubbish as it stands.

Who would have thought it a year back.’


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