Barry Emmerson is a footballing man in the mould of Pete Sixsmith. In other words, he knows his stuff. He told Ellis Short as much when they found themselves answering the calls of nature at the same time at the Stadium of Light recently. Barry modestly suggested he could sort out Sunderland’s troubles and handed the owner his business card. Chances are it will be used only if Mr Short ever needs Barry’s comfortable private-hire limousine rather than to talk football. But let’s hope the owner is an avid reader of Salut! Sunderland and, having parted company with David Moyes, gives some thought to Barry’s views (he has already floated the idea of a Keano-O’Shea dream ticket, though that might require a major act of Irish-American reconciliation …
My understanding is that Ellis Short had conversations with Aitor Karanka, the former Boro manager, a few weeks ago. But please not him.
John O’Shea is the man for me, for the following reasons:
O’Shea has respect of his fellow players he will bring the best out of Borini, his big pal, who could if given the chance prove a replacement through the middle for Defoe.
His pals in the club will get behind him to make sure he doesn’t fail.
His knowledge of the club and his understanding of the fans is also a major plus. He has massive experience both club and international-wise and his contacts, and his own experiences within the game, would I am sure make people want to play for him.
He is a very friendly and amiable man and has the personality to talk to the fans and media in a very positive manner.
He would not cost anything other than a change in his job description and I know that he loves the area and would love to stay at Sunderland even a greatly reduced salary.
Look at the names being put forward and tell me does anyone fit in more than John?
Keane was inexperienced and we all got behind him and look what he did for us.
A new beginning led by a loyal and fine servant to our club and we can go places.
Support me on this and make our voices heard before another massive costly mistake is made.
Jonno for manager. If people agree with me and know how to get this message to the club and fan sites, please do so as I’m not good at that sort of thing.