Why is it we get busier when times are bad? Three games into a new season seems incredibly early to be screaming for the boss’s head but M Salut was taken to task here after saying a managerial change so soon would be “absurd”. Are we all so fickle that a 3-0 romp at Swansea would have supporters singing his praises, or is that too laughable a forecast to be taken seriously?
Birflatt Boy throws his weight behind the revolution and joins the mob surrounding the heavily fortified managerial compound …
I haven’t taken the time to study the odds at the bookies to see just how likely the cognoscenti think it will be for Steve Bruce to be the first PL manager to win the sack race.
But I do have a question for all Sunderland fans: is it too early to sack him, or is it too late?
Starting last season we had a front pairing of proven PL strikers in Jones and Bent. By the time January came we had neither. We had acquired Asamoah Gyan and the temporary services of Danny Welbeck. The jury remains out on the former and Sir Alex Ferguson will be grateful for the role Sunderland played in the development of the latter.
We begin this season with the additions of a 20-year-old Korean lad and an even younger player in the promising Connor Wickham. No proven goal scorer. Guess what Steve? Three games in and no wins and only a single goal show that things haven’t changed an awful lot since Cribbins took the seat in the dug out.
Maybe he should have gone at the end of last season. I for one felt that his shortcomings were so apparent that there was no viable alternative to dispensing with his services.
Faith was to some extent restored with some very promising signings over the summer in David Vaughan and Craig Gardner as well as the experienced arrivals from Old Trafford in Messrs Brown and O’Shea. Sadly none of these players is a striker.
Some may say that it’s too early in the season to consider showing Bruce the door. A defeat to second tier Brighton with a team that starts without a striker is a disgrace.
We may not have the League Cup as a priority this season, but to start any game without a forward is a complete disgrace and Bruce should be ashamed. He’s insulted the travelling 1250 Sunderland faithful who made their way to the south coast for a midweek evening fixture. They have every right to feel cheated and insulted by our manager.
It’s not too early to sack this manager. Ellis Short might be wondering whether he’s left it too late.