Well, another weekend and another showcase of bizarre decisions from our man Bruce. Of course Steve cannot be held accountable for yet another slow start as his defence parted like the old Red Sea but his substitutions, yet again, had many a fan scratching their head in bewilderment. How did Elmohamady escape being subbed? What does Connor Wickham have to do to impress? Why not give McLean a run out? Of course this is all subject to debate but what isn’t is his apparent distain for the Sunderland faithful and blaming everyone but himself for his failure to pick a cohesive and winning eleven from his undoubtedly talented side.
I’m not suggesting Bruce is a bad manager, or maybe I am, hell I don’t know what to think anymore. Progress has been made since his arrival but we have been far from convincing this term. Even Steve must wake up and smell the coffee sooner or later and acknowledge what everyone else can see – a side sat in the relegation zone.
So, to look on the bright side here are ten managers that were worse than Steve… arguably…
10. Niall Quinn
Sorry Niall. You have been a superb servant to the club both during your playing days and, until recently, your tenure as chairman. However your time spent as manager was all together forgetful. Maybe I’m being harsh, call it a hangover from the weekend but Quinn is far too much of a nice guy to make it as a manager. He didn’t want the job, it was a temporary quick fix and we can all forgive him but I’m sure the big fella would be the first to admit his brief managerial career is better off brushed under the carpet and forgotten about by all concerned.
9. Ricky Sbragia
8. Alan Brown
Brown managed SAFC on two separate occasions, first from 1957-64 before his second ill-fated spell in 1968. Alan was able to keep Sunderland away from relegation in his first season, but was unable to face his second relegation whilst with the club the following year as the side dropped into the second division.
"Lawrie McMenemy and the Titanic have one thing in common – neither should have left Southampton"
Was the quip from comic Jimmy Tarbuck and I’m sure no-one from these parts will argue.
So there you go, ten managers that were absolutely pants. There have been plenty to choose from so be sure to leave your personal "favourite" in the comments and have a vote in the poll. Peace out.