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Choose Sunderland’s Next Manager: at Least One O’Neill in the Frame

By Colin Randall @salutsunderland
Choose Sunderland’s next manager: at least one O’Neill in the frame

Jake: ‘you don’t talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?’

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. <a href="">Take Our Poll</a>

No one is quite suggesting tha Macbeth’s Soliloquy is mysteriouly guiding Martin Bain and Ellis “yes I’m watching” Short in their ponderous search for a new Sunderlnd manager.

But some of the lines ring true. Shakespeare might even have added:

And wilt thou grant a home win
Afore ye hath another gaffer?

Two things stick out like a sore thumb.

* There may be urgency in the processs but it is not readily visible. Bottom of the league, demoralised, leaderless, winless, useless … but hey, who said you have to take advantage of an international break to get things done?

** The supporters care a lot less just now than they did about each of the plentiful managerial changes that have gone before (with the possible exception of Grayson for Moyes, since the rot had well and truly set in). Whose fault is that?

The Bard of Avon’s imagined question won’t go away. Will we actually win at home before we have a new man in charge?

If it is to be an O’Neill, would any of us want MON back (not that I am suggesting he’d come)?


I may award a mug to the reader who posts the most incisive – of maybe just funny  – Comment below. But knowing Sunderland, we’ll have our manager before the ink has a chance to dry.

Choose Sunderland’s next manager: at least one O’Neill in the frame

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

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