Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray has raised some eyebrows here in the Transfer Tavern by claiming that legendary Manchester United manager couldn’t even save Sunderland from relegation this season.
Talking on talkSPORT, Gray said the situation is so desperate at the Stadium of Light that even the most decorated British manager of all time could not save the Black Cats.
Manager Dick Advocaat left the club on Sunday and former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is now favorite to take over. However Gray claims that the club’s problems run deeper than just the manager, he said:
“I think even if you put Sir Alex Ferguson in charge of what we’ve got at the club right now, I don’t see how there can be progression and that’s where the problem lies.”
“The problem lies at the foundation, the foundations at the club have been wrong for so long that everything around it is just falling to pieces.”
“My club used to always go through the youth academy, the apprenticeships at the time, now it’s all changed. Kids were always given a opportunity if they were good enough to go into the first team and show how good they were and that was always the case.”
Gray’s comments come after a number of high-profile expensive signings have not lived up to the billing and Sunderland find themselves second from bottom in the table, and are without a win so far this campaign.
Obviously the United fans in the Tavern entirely disagree with Gray as Ferguson is regarded as one of the finest managers to grace the game, and they believe he would quite comfortably be able to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
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