Sunderland fans are rapidly turning against new boss Michael Beale, after a run of two wins in seven games.
Only last month did Beale, 43, take over as Sunderland’s manager. And despite having just managed the team for seven games, there are already strong calls for his dismissal.
In their most recent game, the Black Cats suffered a 1-0 loss at home against Hull City. Despite the result, Sunderland, who was playing thrilling football only a few weeks before to Beale’s leadership, put on a clumsy, uninteresting display.
Journalist James Copley, nevertheless, thinks the Sunderland owners will give the under-fire former QPR and Rangers manager a little more time despite the mounting calls for Beale’s dismissal.
James Copley plays down early exit for Michael Beale
Writing for Sunderland Echo, Copley assessed the chances of Beale being axed sooner rather than later:
“When appointed, Beale was handed a two-and-half-year deal at the Academy of Light which means to sack him would cost the club money and would be a glaring admission of a mistake should they decide to act, so his sacking in the short-term does not appear likely, despite fans’ demands,” Copley wrote.
With three points separating them from Coventry City in sixth place, Sunderland is now sitting in tenth position in the Championship standings.
Under Beale, Sunderland has dropped league games against Coventry, Ipswich Town, and Hull City thus far. However, the team has won at home against Preston and against Hull in the rematch.
Then there was undoubtedly the subpar performance against Newcastle United earlier in the month in the 3-0 FA Cup defeat.
Beale already facing make or break spell at Sunderland
Beale was certainly a gamble. He wasn’t the club’s first-choice and so they had to quickly settle on an alternative. But so far it doesn’t seem like Beale was even an educated gamble.
We’ve seen nothing as of yet to suggest that Beale is the man for the job.
His record so far obviously isn’t great, but that could be forgiven if he showed signs of a new and exciting playing style.
But it’s his woefully bland style of play that appears to be the main criticism of Beale.
The Sunderland players currently appear hesitant, and the supporters of the team want to see the thrilling game they witnessed during Tony Mowbray’s tenure.
It was all summed up in the Hull performance, and Beale now has a mountain to climb.
As Copley points out, it wouldn’t make sense to sacrifice Beale with one week remaining in the window, nor would it make sense financially.
A few difficult games, as well as some winnable ones, are scheduled against teams like Stoke City, Plymouth Argyle, and Huddersfield Town.
Beale has a lot of work ahead of him in the coming weeks, and losing these games he can win will only make things worse for him.