Managers, eh? It's all that anyone connected with Sunderland is talking about at the moment. But let's face it, we're highly qualified to rant and rave about them as we've seen a fair few in recent seasons. By my recollection the likes of Lee Cattermole, John O'Shea and Seb Larsson have worked under nine different bosses at Sunderland in the last six years - a stark reminder of where the core of our problems lie.
After what can only be described as emphatically the right decision in ridding David Moyes of his misery (and ours) some three weeks or so ago, we are now left once again searching for a new man to captain our battered and bruised ship. A man that will attempt to lead us from these choppy waters into a calmer and more stable setting. That's all well and good, and exactly what we have wanted for years; these past few days though, I've began to wonder, why does it feel that something still isn't quite right in the corridors of the Stadium of Light?
Martin Bain has been tasked to find and appoint yet another new man to lead the club. I'll jump right in here and say that while I completely agree that time is certainly needed to come up with the right solution, and bring in a figure that ticks all the boxes of our criteria, the fans still have a right to feel worried.
At the moment, I'm starting to feel a little uneasy, nervy; increasingly concerned.
If I was confident enough to think that Bain and his merry men had without doubt a clear idea of who they want in the hot seat, and have a concise plan drawn up to take the club forward, then of course, I'd feel a hell of a lot more relaxed, but unfortunately that’s not something we can be certain of.
We heard noises that the club spoke to Garry Monk, but that’s all it was - noises. His choice to take over at Middlesbrough is a sad indictment of where we are at the minute. The whole Monk thing seemed hugely half-baked to me. Ellis Short said three weeks ago, along with Bain, that they'd be openly sharing their plans with supporters, bringing with it the transparency that we've all been craving for. As yet, no such plans have been made public. We’re being kept in the dark once again, and that will breed frustration.
Since David Moyes left his role, the rumour mill has ground out a solid batch of candidates, most of whom have been favourite for the job with a least one high street bookmaker at some stage. We had the aforementioned Monk, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Kevin Phillips, Simon Grayson and even Billy Davies. The one name that doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon though is Derek McInnes.
Appointing McInnes seems to make the most sense, especially when we consider the hierarchy whose task it is to appoint our next manager.
Martin Bain has brought in Walter Smith to help advise on the process - they have a close relationship after working together at Rangers. McInnes played under Smith at Ibrox too. The three link together very well, hence why the current Aberdeen boss remains among the favourites to take the job.
For me, however, it is the length of time the process is taking that is concerning.
If McInnes is their man, why not just go out and get him? Or at least approach Aberdeen through the right channels to open talks of some kind? Minimal compensation seems to be the only stumbling block, which again highlights our perilous financial situation.
Speculation tells us that McInnes has privately told close confidants that he'd like to boss Sunderland. The emergence of Garry Monk may have had something to do with the process slowing down further, but I'm still feeling a little uneasy - even more so that Monk has since took over at The Riverside.
I really do feel frustrated that we, as supporters, are being kept at arms length once again. We don't require a barrage of information every day, but to be kept in the loop would be great.
With the club returning to pre-season training on 29th June, and major surgery needing to be performed on the playing squad, time is ticking by extremely quickly. The new man will need to assess the playing staff as a whole, and will probably have the final say on those who are out of contract - especially if there are offers on the table for some players as we are lead to believe.
Sunderland have released players, but it remains to be seen whether our new man would want to retain their services. As it remains, we've got to back the men behind the scenes to get it right. Short has tasked Bain to get this appointment absolutely spot on. It has to be. Bain has turned to people he trusts to help him. That all sounds like something I have to trust also as I don't really have any other choice.
Much like David Moyes clearly didn’t have the stomach for our Championship challenge, part of me cannot help think the same about Bain. It is a critical time in our modern history with a potential takeover on the horizon, so if I've got to display a little more patience that usual then so be it. I’ll keep telling myself that time is the key. Anything that will alleviate my concerns and aid my sanity has to be a welcome bonus, right?