Injury blow for Gooch
Sunderland have been dealt an injury setback with the news that Lynden Gooch may be ruled out until early 2021 with a broken foot.
It’s unclear where the American international picked up his injury but a broken foot typically needs around six to eight weeks to fully heal, depending on the severity of the break and whether or not surgery is needed.
Gooch had made 14 appearances in all competitions for the club this season, and with two goals and six assists to his name, will be a big miss during his spell on his sidelines.
Praise for Wright
Bailey Wright’s former manager at Bristol City, Lee Johnson, has taken to LinkedIn to give advice on leadership and in doing so heaped praise on the Sunderland centre back.
Johnson explains that he finds it difficult to say those opinions face to face, so used the opportunity of Arsenal legend Ian Wright visiting the Robins’ training ground to introduce the pair as a way to tell Bailey exactly how highly thought of he was:
The power of introduction is a great leadership and inspirational technique/tool to use . Here is an example of how I have used this technique in my management style. Bailey Wright was such a fantastic captain for me. Bailey is as good as it gets on a human level as well as being a brilliant footballer. One day I realised I hadn’t told him enough how much I value his contribution.
Ian Wright was coming in to the training ground that day. I asked Ian if I could introduce him to Bailey. Ian was a idol for Bailey and on introduction, my words were ...“Ian, this is Bailey Wright, he is a warrior, leader ,a top centre half and the best captain I’ve ever had. However,more importantly, he is a fantastic person! “
Instantly Bailey, Ian and I, all felt good! A fantastically open and honest conversation followed.
For some reason, I would find those opinions hard to say directly to Bailey, however through the power of introduction it was so easy to highlight exactly how much I trusted and appreciated Bailey!
Try it with your next introduction involving a colleague or partner for example .... it’s a game changer!
James pulls out
Ex-Sunderland left back Reece James featured against his former club last week, as Doncaster Rovers salvaged a draw with a late equaliser at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post after the game, James was asked about playing with a possible suspension over his head due to the four yellow cards he has picked up this season.
He revealed that although thoughts of that possible suspension needs to be put to one side, he did pull out of a challenge against Chris Maguire, so as to not miss any upcoming games:
I think you’ve just got to put it aside a little bit.
There was a time in the game against Sunderland where I came across Maguire and pulled out a little bit because we’ve got big games coming up, including the one on Tuesday night.
You’ve go to know when to and when not to.
But you’ve got to put it to the back of your mind. If there’s a challenge that needs to be made, I’ll make it, but where I possibly can I will hold back so as not to miss a game.
New position for Bernt Haas
Former Sunderland right back Bernt Haas has taken over as Sports Director at Swiss Challenge League club FC Schaffhausen.
He was initially in talks to take the role early in 2020 but a decision was delayed due to the pandemic. He finally took the job in the summer but his appointment has not yet been officially announced by the club.
Speaking to blick.ch, Haas explained the delay in taking the position and his relationship with Schaffhausen’s managerial team, former Swiss international team-mates Murat Yakin and his brother Hakan:
I’ve been sports director at FC Schaffhausen since this summer. 100 percent. But we haven’t officially announced this yet. We still have to make up for that.
We are old companions. We spoke before the spring lockdown. But then I delayed the decision because of Corona. There was uncertainty everywhere. What’s next? Will the sponsorship money come or not?
First team manager Murat did admit that the club ‘overslept’ in their plans to officially announce Haas in his new role:
We had so much to do with signing players, planning the season, doing new administrative tasks due to Corona. I have to honestly say: We probably overslept to officially present Bernt.