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“Beale Out!” — Our writers respond to Sunderland’s defeat to Hull City

It was another chastening night for the Lads as Liam Rosenior’s side took three points back to Yorkshire. We asked our writers for their thoughts on the game

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Jack Ford says...

You have to wonder what the club are trying to do right now.

I have to admit that I didn’t think sacking Tony Mowbray was wrong. He seemed to have run his course and had lost the passion he once had for the job.

The problem is that we’ve replaced him with a head coach who’s quickly killing all of our passion for the club, and I’d honestly struggle to write fifty words on that match, because it was so awful.

I’m not sure how much I can blame Michael Beale, as we all can see the squad has glaring issues that aren’t going to be fixed anytime soon.

However, setting up so defensively at home against a depleted Hull side was absolutely criminal and if it were up to me, I’d cut our losses right now and give the job to Mike Dodds for the rest of the season.

I understand the club’s strategy and I think that if done well, it’s clearly a template for long-term sustainability and success, but right now we’re getting it all wrong.

Running players into the ground, playing defensive football that showcases none of our skills, and playing players consistently out of position is clearly not the way to put players in the shop window and generate transfer fees.

It feels like we’re supporting a B-team. We have no clear identity, no strong leadership and no apparent ambition. We’re existing for the sake of other clubs’ future signings and that can’t be enough for Sunderland.

Sunderland v Hull City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Joseph Tulip says...

The whole night had a strange feel to it. The atmosphere before the game was flat and I wonder if this had something to do with it being a Friday night as well as the general mood around the club at present.

However, I’m a believer in giving the new head coach a chance, and Hull were there for the taking.

This wasn’t your usual Championship fixture and it was a very tame affair in the first half, yet despite our overly pedestrian build up, occasionally sloppy passing and poor decision making in the final third, we were the better team for much of that game.

We had countless corners but never looked like scoring from any of them, whereas Hull took advantage of a set piece immediately after Anthony Patterson suffered a blow to the head.

It was a cruel blow but I still believe this was a game we could and should’ve won.

It’s still too early to judge or even to blame Michael Beale, but there’s no doubting that if this run continues over the next few games, he’ll come under increasing scrutiny.

The players are low on confidence but I don’t think we’ve suddenly become a bad side.

With a bit of time left in the transfer window, things could change very quickly and I think it’s only right that we continue to back everyone at the club to get things right between now and the end of the season.


Tom Albrighton says...

I’m not going to number this. Instead, it’s just going to be a rant.

From the moment Beale was announced with some spiel about him leading Rangers on cup runs that he was barely part of, the amount of spin suggested this wasn’t the board trying to convince the fans- it was the board trying to convince themselves.

Indeed, people can go back and read through fan reviews published on this website from both Rangers and QPR fans that didn’t so much muse over the potential disaster of appointing Beale, but saw it clearly.

Sunderland have had some bad managers in our time but seeing a man come in and have such a powerfully negative effect on the side in such a short period of time is almost unprecedented.

Beale has removed almost all of the lingering positives from Tony Mowbray’s reign and discarded them with disregard.

Under Beale, we’re not stalling.

Instead, we’re in reverse and as we see the ability, the verve and the swagger removed from this team alongside its attacking prowess, high intensity football and often swashbuckling play, it makes me wonder that if Mowbray couldn’t survive a week after questioning the model, how can Beale survive any longer when taking a sledgehammer to it?

The fans aren’t spoiled or unreasonable.

This appointment was farcical from the outset and despite warnings, the club ploughed on anyway.

This is a problem of their own making and they need to rectify it as soon as possible.

Beale out.

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