It was a bit of a surprise when Martin O’Neill was fired last night from his Sunderland job with just seven league games to play this season, and they are already without Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole who are both out injured for the rest of the season.
Alan Shearer – Martin O’Neill sacking is bizarre
Speaking on BBC1’s ‘Match of the Day’ last night Alan Shearer – who took over Newcastle in our relegation on April 1st four years ago with eight games to play said this about the sacking:
“It’s bizarre. They have gone down the route that Reading have when they sacked Brian McDermott.” “I look at Martin in the last few weeks and normally he comes on telly, we see him upbeat, looking forward to things.” “To me he’s been down, he’s not been his usual, energetic self.”
“Whether he’s known that something is going on behind the scenes I don’t know.” “They are on a terrible run of form but it is the timing of it I find hard.” “I think he might have missed his right-hand man John Robertson, who for the first time hadn’t been with him at his side.”
“For whatever reason didn’t choose to go to Sunderland like he’d been with all his other clubs with him, so I think he has probably missed him as well.”
“Next season the new Premier League deal – if you are left behind, if you go down a division you are in massive trouble.” “You’ve got QPR, you’ve got Reading, you’ve got Southampton and now Sunderland: there are seven games to go.”
“Are they better with Martin or without him? I always thought Sunderland would be safe…for the first time today they were really poor.” “I think they are in massive trouble.”
Is it just me, or did Sunderland play better yesterday in their 1-0 defeat against Manchester United, than we did in our 4-0 loss at against City?
You could have almost added Newcastle to the list of clubs who sacked their manager in the last few months, because after the Reading defeat we had lost 10 of 13 league games, and most managers with that kind of record would have been fired.
But Mike Ashley didn’t fire the manager, and instead brought in five top Frenchman in January and we should be OK in the league – but we have to win our home league games to ensure that.
Sunderland play at St. James’ Park in two weeks time, in what is a relegation 6 pointer, and the loser of that game will be in trouble.
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