Well that was a waste of everyone’s time.

As Sunderland dawdled towards an appointment, our poll attracted just under 100 votes.

Aitor Karanka topped the poll with 28 per cent, Michael O’Neill came next on 21 and Paul Heckingbottom was backed by 14.

Chris Coleman, who appears on the brink of being made manager, received just one vote in the “other” catergory and I bet that was added only when his name suddenly appeared in the frame. The poll is now closed but you can still click to see the full results.

If it is to be Coleman, let us welcome him as comfortably the best we could hope for in our current mess and wish him the luck he will need. An announcement is expected tomorrow (Sunday), according to the BBC’s Nick Barnes and provided he is not put off by the shambles witnessed by fans in the 2-2 draw at home to Millwall.

Should he reinstate the post-match manager’s e-mail abandoned under Simon Grayson, Bill Taylor out in Toronto suggests Colemanballs as the obvious title of Salut! Sunderland‘s resulting series, Coleman Delivers if he shows immediate signs of success.

We shall see. Check the Sunderland Echo site and – eventually – club site for updates.

Haway the Lads.

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5 Responses to “Poll closes on Sunderland managership issue as Coleman appointment looms” Subscribe

  1. david miller November 18, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    I think the general malaise was because fans were underwhelmed by the names on the list; none of them inspired me and I didn’t think we stood any chance of getting Coleman.

    I’m pleased with his appointment, he seems a strong-minded guy and must have been promised funds in January.

    Bale will probably come here as coach now….

    • William C November 18, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      I agree [ about this appointment ] I think he is as good as we were likely to get, and I feel that he must have been given some positive reassurances about budget, otherwise I don’t believe he would take the job.

      Despite recent events, we are still a very big club, with massive potential. Maybe CC could be the spark that relights the flame? I live in hope.

  2. CSB November 18, 2017 at 11:57 am #

    Hate to have to say it but Martin Bain earned his money this month as snaring Coleman is a major coup.

    Hopefully he will have a January war chest that match his stature, as I can’t imagine they managed to entrap him without the promise of a fighting chance with significant funds.

    Mind you, maybe all this is wishful thinking!

  3. malcolm November 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Time for a new poll M Salut. How about how long before we get comments demanding his sacking? I wish him well and hope he can do a Big Sam but he will be starting with both hands tied. Avoiding relegation would be a start.

  4. Drummer November 19, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    I’ll just add to the general consensus. Coleman is a strong signing ,and the only reason he wasn’t voted for is because no one thought he would be a realistic target . I assume he’s received promises of funds , and I trust he’ll get them …..

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