Sunderland fans are fed up of hearing the same old excuses from Chris Coleman, and want the Welshman to drop Lee Cattermole for the next match.
Chris Coleman has been speaking ahead of the international break, and fans are not impressed by what they deem to be the same old lines from the manager.
“It’s a bit of time to re-think things,” Coleman said.
“It takes a bit of pressure off everybody because we’ve not got a game coming round in three or five days – hopefully that’ll help us.”
Sunderland lost 2-0 to Preston North End on Saturday, as Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter was sent off for the second time this season.
The Black Cats are on track for a historically bad home record this season, but still sit within five points of safety. Coleman is hoping the international break can be a perfect chance to make some changes.
“It also gives me a chance to step back from it and ask if I can come up with something to change it enough, and go down a different path to get different results.”
This at least will be music to the ears of Sunderland fans, who have been calling for wholesale changes to the team for months. Lee Cattermole and John O’Shea would be first on the chopping block if the fans had any say, and some of them want a change in formation too.
Sunderland travel to promotion chasing Derby after the break before hosting Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found below…
Dropping oshea and catts? Has he seen the light? #safc
— Short OUT Sack the Board (@cfsport2) March 20, 2018
Stop playing O'Shea and Cattermole
— AMS? (@sculldog1) March 20, 2018
already looked at many different unsuccessful formations, just need to score more goals, concede less and concede less Cattermole cards!
— Col (@ColArmstrong) March 20, 2018
Can I ask u mr Coleman why u persist on using a back 3??? Is it not clear to see it ain’t working!!! ?
— Danny The Dreamer (@dannydreamerthe) March 20, 2018
I sat & watched Lee Cattermole today, for 10 mins I watched him.& not the ball or play.
In EVERY situation he left himself in positions just to be slightly unavailable for a pass & just too far away to be able to stop the opposition.
The fella is a charlatan#safc
— Show us the money (@MaxHanaghan) March 17, 2018
Players that NEED to go; cattermole, Jones, O’Shea, Kone, Steele, Ruiter and fletcher
— Is Short Dead yet? (@WERGHJIGgJ) March 20, 2018
How do we get rid of Cattermole? Is it realistic to negotiate a reasonable pay off for him to get away?
— Graeme Campbell (@GraemeCnote35) March 18, 2018