“No words I give can give comfort to the fans or the dressing room. I’m doing my best with the staff that we’ve got and this young group to fulfil our ambition. We’ve got 18 games to go and we’re in a better position than we were at this time last year, so I think see the positivity.”

Livestreamed throughout its journey, the Daily Star lettuce outlasted Truss, who broke her silence on the vegetable a few months later, saying, “I don’t think it’s funny, I just think it’s puerile.” Whether Beale prevails in his battle is still up in the air; the former Rangers boss was not a popular choice to succeed Tony Mowbray, and he faces a formidable task to win over supporters, especially Sunderland fan Connor, who is updating X on Sunday.