With Sunderland already having been relegated from the Premier League, the Black Cats are in dire need of a summer rebuild. After battling the drop for the last few years, David Moyes proved unable to replicate the successes of his predecessors in staving off relegation and has since been touted for a summer exit.
Clearly, major work needs to be done at the Stadium of Light and whether or not Moyes has the energy to carry on for a campaign in the Championship is up for debate.
Interestingly enough, former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been linked with a move to the weary Wearsiders this summer. Having led Boro into the proverbial Promised Land last season, the Spaniard knows how to deal with life in the second tier, though is barely the most inspiring figure.
Furthermore, his connections with those on Teeside isn’t likely to stand him in good stead amongst Sunderland fans right away, so the reports were always likely to spark reaction online.
With that in mind, here’s how Sunderland, Middlesbrough and even Newcastle United fans reacted to these reports.
We could do a lot worse then get Karanka or Clough. Esp Clough done amazing job at Burton and did good job at Derby was unluckily sacked
— Lee Armstrong (@NightwingSAFC) May 2, 2017
Not so sure Mr Karanka is the answer like
— Michael Airey (@airey87) May 2, 2017
Karanka going to Sunderland would be like your ex getting with that weird kid from school who used to eat his dinner in the toilets
— Dom (@Dom__Leo) May 2, 2017
@SunderlandFNH I read that this morning ????????♂️ I Hope this is a joke ffs! I'd rather keep Moyes than go with karanka ⚪️????⚪️????
— Anthony donnell (@Deeksdon04) May 2, 2017
— Kierön (@ffsNewcastIe) May 2, 2017
Karanka has standards???????? https://t.co/KS8jleJhS6
— Macauley Forster (@Macauleyyy17) May 2, 2017
Aitor Karanka from one mumbler to the next ????
— Dave Pritchard (@davepritchard5) May 2, 2017
@Karanka come to sunderland!! ????????????????????????
— ???????? (@KhazriFC) May 2, 2017
— George Ritchie MBE (@GeorgeRitchi) May 2, 2017