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It has likely escaped most that Rene Meulensteen was one of the favourites for the Sunderland job, following Paolo Di Canio's departure. I recall a significant portion of fans crying out for Rene to be appointed, citing his success as part of Alex Ferguson's staff at Manchester United as ample proof of his ability to make us successful. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
With Fulham last night crashing out of the Fa Cup with about as damp a whimper as is humanly possible, we should perhaps begin to thank our lucky stars that Meulensteen was not the choice of Mr Ellis Short. There is perhaps a danger in believing that because a coach has worked with an extremely successful manager, that this will rub off on them, although so often this is not the case. Since Meulensteen's appointment Fulham have arguably gone backwards and sit bottom of the Premier League, with no style or commitment evident in their play (*chuckles uncontrollably whilst thinking about Darren Bent*). We however, find ourselves with Gustavo Poyet, who looks like the best appointment in living memory. Not only has Gus reformed a cracked and distorted dressing room, but he has brought about a magnificent style to Sunderland, one of which we haven't seen since Martin O'Neill was in charge (JOKES!). With Sunderland seemingly going from strength to strength and Fulham dropping like a lazy stone, this is surely the time to acknowledge how well Gus has done.
The other positive to take from Poyet's appointment is that should we be unfortunate enough to go down, Gus is an manager who is well acquainted with the Championship and whose style would surely guarantee success at that level. Fulham on the other hand look as though much work would be required to overhall a squad riddled with uncommitted players. With Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley suspiciously receiving roles at Fulham, one may think it's only a matter of time before Meulensteen gets the sack.
Thank you Mr Poyet and well done Mr Short.