Jack Ross has hit out at Sunderland fans following the club’s 3-1 victory over Accrington Stanley, as reported by The Sunderland Echo.
When asked about the performance after the game, he spoke out against the club’s support, comparing them to “an anchor stopping the club moving forward”.
He pointed out that no team who gets promoted plays brilliantly every game and conceded that he doesn’t know what will make the fans satisfied.
Sunderland have taken 14 points from their first seven League One matches, as per Google, having won four games, drawn two and lost one, with the one loss coming in embarrassing fashion against Peterborough United.
This puts the Black Cats fifth in the league with a game in hand on three of the four clubs who currently sit above them, while they are also still in the Carabao Cup following a 3-1 win over Burnley.
Questions over the style of play are warranted though, as they haven’t dominated possession, averaging 51.7%, while they have faced the same amount of shots as they have taken, as per WhoScored.
While Ross does have a point about the results being good, he is playing a very dangerous game by saying that Sunderland supporters are holding the side back – especially after they stuck around as the club plummeted down the leagues.
What he really needs to do is carry on winning games and aim to do so convincingly, as that would be the best way to get fans on his side.
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