Sunderland Urged To Appoint Manager With 38% Win Ratio

Sunderland are still in the market for a new permanent head coach following Michael Beale’s departure back in February and have been urged to appoint a manager who has recently become available.

The Black Cats were still in the race for the play-offs when Tony Mowbray was relieved from his duties in December but the decision to bring Beale to the Stadium of Light proved to be a turning point for the club as the former Queens Park Rangers boss was dismissed after merely 12 games in charge.

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Nevertheless, since his departure, results didn’t exactly improve. Sunderland picked up merely two victories in their last 13 matches of the campaign under Mike Dodds and eventually finished in 16th place, seven points above the relegation zone and 16 behind the final play-off spot.

Work has been taking place behind the scenes to appoint a new head coach, one which aligns with the club’s philosophy under Kyril Louis-Dreyfus of playing attacking football while helping young players to reach their potential.

Will Still is one name that has been persistently linked with the vacant job on Wearside while ex-Mainz boss Bo Svensson is another who has recently been touted to be Beale’s permanent successor in the dugout.

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However, Sheffield Wednesday legend and EFL pundit Carlton Palmer believes that Sunderland should look no further than Liam Rosenior, who was sacked as Hull City manager last week after the club failed to finish inside the top six.

Rosenior has a 38% win ratio in his managerial career so far, as per Transfermarkt, and speaking to Football League World, Palmer said:

“I’m sure a host of clubs will be looking at Liam Rosenior, he’ll be looking at, I assume, another Championship club straight away.

“One that springs to mind immediately is the Sunderland job.

“Sunderland have lots of young players, Liam is keen to work with young players and bring them on,” he continued.

“As I say, the only issue will be the philosophy of the club about bringing members of staff in, and working with senior players, you’ve got to get the balance right.”

Writer’s View

There was uproar online and in the media when it was announced that Rosenior was being dismissed from Hull after failing to guide the Tigers to the play-offs. The 39-year-old is still learning and it seemed like a rash decision from the owner.

Nonetheless, one man’s loss is another man’s gain. Rosenior clearly has a lot of promise as a coach and Sunderland could be the club that realises it, whereas Derby County and Hull have failed to in recent times.


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