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Simon Grayson’s short tenure at Sunderland has thus far proven disastrous, and the former Preston North End manager seems to have lost the faith of some of the supporters already.
The 47-year-old is a proven promotion specialist from League One to the Championship, having achieved it with Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, and Preston but he has never had what it takes to guide a team into the Premier League. Surely a club of Sunderland’s stature should have someone at the helm who has achieved promotion in the past. Should Grayson be given a chance or should Sunderland be looking to replace him as soon as possible?
After a poor start that has seen the Black Cats only claim one win from six games and score six goals in the process, things don’t look like they’re going to get easier for Grayson in the near future. The under fire manager has a busy month ahead, with testing fixtures coming up against Hull City, Cardiff City, and Ipswich Town in the league, as well as Everton in the league cup.
Was Grayson the wrong appointment in the first place or was any manager doomed to fail with the resources available? Well, some would argue that it’s still early days and he hasn’t failed yet. After all, there are still forty games to go and 120 points to contest. But others would question whether his disappointing transfer window has left Sunderland ill-equipped to cope with the furiously competitive nature of the English second division. The former Huddersfield Town boss only brought in one recognised striker at this level, the on-loan Lewis Grabban, who has been far from prolific in recent seasons. Fans would certainly like to see more options available in the goal scoring department.
While Newcastle were strong favourites to bounce straight back up to the top tier at the first time of asking last year, Sunderland are currently at odds of 14/1 in the football betting to win promotion this time out. Both of the other relegated teams are ahead of Grayson’s men in the bookies’ estimations.
If Grayson is told to pack his bags, there are a couple of managers who may be able to steady the ship and point the Black Cats in the right direction. Nigel Pearson was heavily linked with the Stadium of Light job after David Moyes’ calamitous reign but Grayson won the role and the former Derby County manager is currently without employment. Pearson has a wealth of experience at this level and achieved promotion with Leicester City in the 2013-14 season when the Foxes finished the campaign as champions. His stern attitude could be exactly what is needed for this set of players.
With the players currently at the Stadium of Light, getting the club back into the Premier League this season will be a tough ask for any manager. The main worry now is that if Grayson is left to continue on like this, Sunderland could be at risk of facing another relegation battle.