The gift that keeps on giving – Sunderland Association Football Club that is – has had not one, but two hiccups today after they have decided to part ways with manager Jack Ross.
Our nearest and not so dearest rivals received news earlier in the day of a collapse in takeover talks with potential American investors, with owner Stewart Donald confirming this via Twitter.
Now they have taken the decision to sack Ross, following the 2-0 loss to Lincoln this weekend.
Discontent has grown amongst Sunderland supporters towards the Scot, who has been criticised for his negative football despite currently lying in 6th place in League One.
Sacking Ross hints at current owner Stewart Donald wanting to be involved in the long-run, and all but ends speculation of an imminent takeover.
Initially, Donald proved popular with supporters, interacting with supporters on social media and even appearing on fan podcasts – could you imagine Mike Ashley doing this?
But following a quiet summer as far as transfer activity was concerned, fans have been questioning the financial power of Donald, with many questioning whether the businessman has the tools to help Sunderland compete at all.
Being a massive Newcastle fan, I can’t help but chuckle at the mess our neighbours have got themselves into. Yes, we have had 12 long unambitious years under Ashley that has dragged on to the point it has seemed like a lifetime. But the rapid timescale that has seen Sunderland go from a Premier League outfit to a mid-table League One side in just two seasons has been quite amusing – especially when they laughed at us for playing at Burton (the team that relegated them to League One) just a few seasons ago!
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