This article forms part of our Flashback series where, amid the suspension of football in this country, the Transfer Tavern takes a look back at some of the season’s biggest talking points to see how fans initially reacted and what may have changed.
At the beginning of the campaign, Sunderland made the tough decision of sacking Jack Ross. Indeed, it was a move which sent the Stadium of Light faithful into raptures as they took to Twitter to celebrate the moment.
— Peter Hewett (@WestSussexSAFC) October 8, 2019
— ツ (@Grifftaaa_) October 8, 2019
— Rob (@Robscott0215) October 8, 2019
Recruitment team to follow JR please
— AZK (@Apc42003075) October 8, 2019
Unreal that’s what I’m talking about
— gareth sanders (@garethsanders3) October 8, 2019
Gerrin! Goodbye you bottler.
— Stewart Donald is worse than Mike Ashley (@CheekyBetsFTW) October 8, 2019
His sacking is something which has proven to be a brilliant decision from the club especially as they’ve maintained a good level of performances under his replacement Phil Parkinson, albeit after a difficult start. Under Ross, the club lost to rivals Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final and to Charlton Athletic in the League One play-off final in a dismal end to the 2018/2019 campaign.
However, results have somewhat picked under the former Bolton Wanderers coach, who the club sitting just three points off Rotherham United in the race for automatic promotion this year. As a matter of fact, all but one of their remaining league games is against sides placed 12th or lower with their home clash with Peterborough United, giving the team real optimism in the chase for promotion.
It was hard to imagine how Sunderland would recover following Ross’ sacking after a hard start to life under his successor, however, the former Bradford City coach has done a good job to ensure they remained in contention to reach the Championship.
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