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Post  Steve30000 on 2019-12-10, 11:24 pm

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Ship Without A Rudder

December 10, 2019

By Giles Mooney


"" It’s only a week since I wrote a piece explaining the urgent need for a director of football to take charge of the football side of the club. But a week is a long time in football.""



"" We’ve played a game for a start and that’s almost always enough to raise the hackles of every Sunderland fan, especially when we play a team who were sitting in the middle of the lower half and struggle to score goals and so we decide to drive the bus on to the pitch, park it across the goal and then sit in it. As usual we’d failed to realise that you

can kick a ball under the bus and so we lose 1-0.""



"" The temptation to blame Parkinson for the loss (and the other losses he’s had) is massive and I will in a minute, but it demonstrates the complete lack of footballing thought and structure in the club.""



"" We clearly have no idea what formation to play, what the ethos of the club is, who are the leaders on the pitch and in the changing room. We need someone to take a tight grasp on the footballing side of the club and take it forwards, but there isn’t anyone.""



"" Stewart Donald and Richard Hill between them are what we’ve currently got and they’re simply not up to the challenge. To be fair, I’m not sure Richard Hill has ever been told he’s involved in a challenge so I’m never sure how much blame to throw in his direction.""



"" Donald’s one great success in football came with Hill as manager and so, I imagine, he trusts his judgement in the same way we hang on the every word of a Stokoe or Reid or Keane (depending how old you are). The problem is, that great success was getting Eastleigh promoted from Conference South to Conference Premier. That would be quite an achievement if we hadn’t been told time and time again that they spent £10m in the process. I’d expect my son’s PE teacher to get a team out of Conference South with £10m, hell, I’d expect my son to manage it. It’s a division where the choice between back four or five is made based on the shift patterns of the right back so to get a team up and fail to kick on into the league like Salford managed is, if anything, a failure.""



"" I’d like to repeat that, as far as I’m concerned, I’m more than happy with Donald owning Sunderland, I’m fine with Hill dealing with contracts and what have you. My issue isn’t who owns the club, my issue is who runs it. And at the moment, that’s no one.""



"" When I wrote my piece last week, I was relatively happy with the non-football side of the club. We were going to need to replace Tony Davison, sure, but Charlie Methven seemed to be keeping plates spinning and things seemed to be moving forwards. His departure extends my worries to another empty desk desperately in need of filling with the right person.""



"" We need two people, one football, one non-football to run the club. The Chairman, perhaps Donald, perhaps Sartori, perhaps an appointment to be confirmed, manages those two, but should leave the day to day operations and strategy to them. The roles need to be filled and need to be filled urgently but more important, with the right people. We can’t afford to get someone ‘because he’s cheap’, ‘because he’s a mate’, ‘because his references were amazing’. That just isn’t good enough.""



"" The club is at the precipice of falling again and falling rapidly. Those two appointments need to be Premier League appointments because, while Charlie Methven was right that we need to accept we are currently in League One, the club as a whole must stand up and be counted as one of the top ten to twelve clubs in England and start the journey back.""

Apart from wanting Donald to stay, he's spot on with the rest.
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Post  Kipper on 2019-12-11, 9:24 am

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Blog Posts
Ship Without A Rudder

December 10, 2019

By Giles Mooney


"" It’s only a week since I wrote a piece explaining the urgent need for a director of football to take charge of the football side of the club. But a week is a long time in football.""



"" We’ve played a game for a start and that’s almost always enough to raise the hackles of every Sunderland fan, especially when we play a team who were sitting in the middle of the lower half and struggle to score goals and so we decide to drive the bus on to the pitch, park it across the goal and then sit in it. As usual we’d failed to realise that you

can kick a ball under the bus and so we lose 1-0.""



"" The temptation to blame Parkinson for the loss (and the other losses he’s had) is massive and I will in a minute, but it demonstrates the complete lack of footballing thought and structure in the club.""



"" We clearly have no idea what formation to play, what the ethos of the club is, who are the leaders on the pitch and in the changing room. We need someone to take a tight grasp on the footballing side of the club and take it forwards, but there isn’t anyone.""



"" Stewart Donald and Richard Hill between them are what we’ve currently got and they’re simply not up to the challenge. To be fair, I’m not sure Richard Hill has ever been told he’s involved in a challenge so I’m never sure how much blame to throw in his direction.""



"" Donald’s one great success in football came with Hill as manager and so, I imagine, he trusts his judgement in the same way we hang on the every word of a Stokoe or Reid or Keane (depending how old you are). The problem is, that great success was getting Eastleigh promoted from Conference South to Conference Premier. That would be quite an achievement if we hadn’t been told time and time again that they spent £10m in the process. I’d expect my son’s PE teacher to get a team out of Conference South with £10m, hell, I’d expect my son to manage it. It’s a division where the choice between back four or five is made based on the shift patterns of the right back so to get a team up and fail to kick on into the league like Salford managed is, if anything, a failure.""



"" I’d like to repeat that, as far as I’m concerned, I’m more than happy with Donald owning Sunderland, I’m fine with Hill dealing with contracts and what have you. My issue isn’t who owns the club, my issue is who runs it. And at the moment, that’s no one.""



"" When I wrote my piece last week, I was relatively happy with the non-football side of the club. We were going to need to replace Tony Davison, sure, but Charlie Methven seemed to be keeping plates spinning and things seemed to be moving forwards. His departure extends my worries to another empty desk desperately in need of filling with the right person.""



"" We need two people, one football, one non-football to run the club. The Chairman, perhaps Donald, perhaps Sartori, perhaps an appointment to be confirmed, manages those two, but should leave the day to day operations and strategy to them. The roles need to be filled and need to be filled urgently but more important, with the right people. We can’t afford to get someone ‘because he’s cheap’, ‘because he’s a mate’, ‘because his references were amazing’. That just isn’t good enough.""



"" The club is at the precipice of falling again and falling rapidly. Those two appointments need to be Premier League appointments because, while Charlie Methven was right that we need to accept we are currently in League One, the club as a whole must stand up and be counted as one of the top ten to twelve clubs in England and start the journey back.""

Apart from wanting Donald to stay, he's spot on with the rest.
Pretty much yes. I appreciate what Donald has done in terms of trying to put the club on the straight and narrow. With a Director of football, that would hopefully take footballing decisions out of his hands. Has he made too many bad decisions though to have confidence in him going forward and where would ultimate decision making lie? With a director of football, would Maja have been sold? Would we have paid over the odds for Grigg? Would we have given Parkinson a long term contract?
It's also imperative we get the right Director of Football otherwise another disaster looms.
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