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Chris Coleman's searingly honest assessment

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Chris Coleman's searingly honest assessment

Post  cyprussyd on 2018-03-07, 10:12 am

Chris Coleman admits Sunderland’s plight is giving him sleepless nights, in a searingly honest appraisal of the club’s position in the wake of the 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa.
The Black Cats boss appeared close to the end of his tether after seeing his team regress after recent promising performances and roll over at the Stadium of Light.
Goals from Lewis Grabban, James Chester, and an own-goal from Bryan Oviedo, allowed Villa to cruise to victory and left Sunderland rooted to the foot of the table, albeit the gap between themselves and safety remains at four points.
Asked whether he regretted taking the job last November, Coleman said: “I made my choice, and of course I am a human being and I feel it hard.
“Like the players, like the fans, there are sleepless nights.

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“It’s painful, it’s brutal at the moment.
“There’s still a chance for us, we keep on refusing to take it, and we keep on digging holes for ourselves, but there is still a chance we have to keep fighting.
“Of course I am in pain now, it has been a tough night, but we have another game on Saturday [at QPR] and I need to lift myself and the players for that.

“I don’t like papering over cracks, I don’t like telling lies, and I could say that I am fine and fighting with my sleeves rolled up.

“But I am hurting as much as anybody.
“I feel the negativity, I feel the pull of it because it is such a big club heading in the wrong direction, and to turn it round is incredibly tough.
“But it is not unthinkable, it is not undoable, it is not impossible.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman (Image: PA)
“It’s a challenge, it’s a tough one.
“I can handle it, I’ve had plenty of slaps in the face, plenty of failures, loads of defeats, but there is a manner in which you lose.
“And if you look at us, we are bottom of the league and that is worrying.
“That’s what I’ll be thinking of tonight and tomorrow. But that doesn’t matter because I have to lift the players, that’s my job.

“I have to get them ready for QPR because that’s the one good thing about the Championship, the games come thick and fast, and there is another one just around the corner.
“Maybe it is good that it is away from home because we don’t perform here, not enough.
“It’s down in the Smoke again, and maybe that will help us.”

Once again, it was the manner of the defeat - and in particular the goals conceded - that left Coleman dejected.
“It’s the goals we concede,” he sighed. “It’s hard to take when you give away goals like that.
“They are a good team Aston Villa, they are going to be there or thereabouts, but you don’t have to give them goals - they can earn goals themselves.
“How many times have I sat here after we have conceded the second goal seconds before half-time? It’s a bitter pill to swallow for us.

“Before they scored the first goal, there wasn’t much in the game really - it was there to be had.
“But we gift goals, it is a common theme, and the game is done and dusted.
“It was a poor, poor, night for us.
“We are back to the start.
“The teams around us keep losing which is the only bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but we are on such a poor run.
“I thought that the last three games had been a turning point for us but we are back to Square One.
“We have a game in four days and we have to try and lift ourselves for it. The saving grace for us is that it is away from home because we struggle so badly here.

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“I’m tired of sitting in front of you guys, and it’s not me giving you excuses it is giving you the facts - and they are all negative.”
Asked whether he was confident that Sunderland could survive, he said: “Teams down there, nobody seems to want to pull away from it - we certainly don’t, anyway.
“To stay up, if you look at the last 10 years in the Championship you need 45-50 points.
“That’s another five or six wins, and we have only won five games all season.
“This club has done it before, they have pulled it out of the bag, so it is not impossible.

“It’s painful at the minute.
“It’s hard to keep coming out and explaining that.”

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Re: Chris Coleman's searingly honest assessment

Post  Hieronymus on 2018-03-07, 4:39 pm

I read that and felt like i wanted to give him a hug.
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