February 24, 2024

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 06: Sunderland Manager Michael Beale reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on January 06, 2024 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

Sunderland fans now told chances of Michael Beale sacking after tough start

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

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