Aitor Karanka’s departure from Middlesbrough has given Sunderland fans a reminder that they still have their manager in place, despite a torrid campaign.
David Moyes took over the Black Cats in the summer, but has struggled to impose a positive impact on the club.
From the start of the campaign, the North-East outfit have been in and around the lower echelons of the Premier League table.
The team have won just five of their 27 top-flight fixtures, picking up 19 points so far, and they seem destined for the Championship given that they are six points clear of safety.
Today, Middlesbrough announced via their official website that Karanka will leave his job with immediate effect.
Boro are second from bottom and three points above Sunderland, which has left some fans wondering why the axe has not yet fallen on Moyes.
Five of the clubs in the bottom six have had managerial changes this season, with Leicester City, Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Hull City and now Middlesbrough taking action.
Sunderland are the only club not to do so, and now some fans want Karanka to replace Moyes.
5 out of the current bottom 6 have changed their manager recently in a bid to survive, the worst team out of the lot of them hasn't #safc
— Only1Keano (@JohnnyR1Red) March 16, 2017
Nigel Pearson surely a front runner for the Boro job. Him and Rowett in work means we may be stuck with Moyesy next season #safc
— Parkersafc (@Parkersafc) March 16, 2017
Yes, #safc need stability & not the managerial merry-go-round but we also need results. Stability not an excuse to stick with doomed Moyes.
— Kerrie Wilkinson (@KerrieWilkinson) March 16, 2017
I'd swap Moyes for karanka right now to be honest #safc
— Mackembauer (@nathangunn13) March 16, 2017
— Paul O'Leary (@pauloleary88) March 16, 2017
Karanka gone now. Everyone's doing a Sunderland the one season that Sunderland stop doing a Sunderland. #sacked
— Jack Pattison (@JackPattison91) March 16, 2017
Karanka sacked, and still nobody cares.
— e-Sunderland (@e_sunderland) March 16, 2017