Even the most pessimistic Sunderland supporter could not have predicted the result on Saturday. I mean, there were jokes that because we’d sold 38,000 tickets, and Jermain Defoe was due for his second debut, that the team would go ahead and mess it all up, but that was the usual gallows humour that is associated with being a Sunderland fan.
We didn’t think they’d go and bloody do that.
As it turned out, we all sat dumbfounded as Doncaster Rovers carved through our defence time and time again in the first half and raced into a 2-0 lead before the break.
How could this happen?
Well, we couldn’t defend ten days ago at Bolton, and it looked like Saturday was just a continuation of that. Going forward we were just as bad. Organisationally, the team was completely gone. Clueless.
In the club’s infinite wisdom, they decisively sacked Lee Johnson despite having anyone else lined up, or at the top of their shortlist. They have said it would be disrespectful to start conversations with managers while Johnson was still in position. So that’s good isn’t it?
We’ve therefore been in limbo for more than a week. Johnson was sacked in a bid to protect our promotion chances, but that defeat has inflicted a hammer blow. It’s a game many would have backed Johnson to win.
We need an appointment and we need it soon. Because if automatic promotion is gone, the play-off chances will follow if we carry on like this.
Ha'way the Lads!