Michael Beale’s future at Sunderland is under increasing pressure from supporters after just one month in charge of the club
Sunderland are unlikely to make any drastic changes regarding Michael Beale, according to the Sunderland Echo.
Beale was named the most recent head coach at the Stadium of Light in December, but he is coming under more and more criticism from the supporters.
Tony Mowbray, who led the first team squad for 15 months and gained a lot of popularity, was replaced by the 43-year-old.
After leaving the squad in ninth position this year, Mowbray guided it to a sixth-place finish in his first season with the team.
Under Beale, Sunderland has only dropped to 10th place, although the squad has had difficulty producing results. Beale was the former manager of Rangers.
Beale’s future under pressure
Two defeats in a row, as well as a 3-0 loss to rivals Newcastle United in the FA Cup, has seen Sunderland make a poor start to 2024.
This has seen the Black Cats fall three points adrift in the race for a play-off place, with Coventry City leapfrogging them in recent weeks.
In his first six league games in charge, Beale has lost two and drawn one, suffering three losses.
The squad’s hopes of being promoted were dented by a 1-0 setback to Hull City last Friday; Liam Rosenior’s team moved up to take the lead over the Wearside team after their triumph at the Stadium of Light.
When Beale was hired by the Championship club, he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, and it would be expensive to fire him from that role after just one month in charge.
Moreover, the humiliation factor can impede hasty judgments because it would be an admission of poor judgment to fire the Englishman already.
Upcoming fixtures against Stoke City and Middlesbrough represent a chance to earn back some credibility from the supporters, with results and good performances needed.
Sunderland league position
|Championship Table (As it stands January 22nd)
|Preston North End
In the Championship table, Sunderland is ranked tenth after last Friday night’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers.
Though the Black Cats were the more dominant force in the game, a goal from Fabio Carvalho proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Despite having 58% of the possession and outshooting Hull 15 to 2, Beale’s team was unable to convert any of their chances.
The Wearside club’s next match is scheduled for January 27 at home against the Potters.
Stoke has won one of their past four games and enters the match 19th in the rankings.
Drastic change not needed yet
If Sunderland were to change managers in the near future, it would be extraordinary.
They have a commitment to uphold in hiring Beale because the decision to fire Mowbray wasn’t widely applauded.
Having to make another move would be embarrassing for the club, especially since Mowbray is now in charge at Birmingham City.
The 43-year-old has only been able to install his style of play into the squad for a month, so he still has time to win over the supporters and prove he is the right guy to lead the team into the Premier League.