Sunderland have endured a miserable start to life in the Sky Bet Championship, and lie joint bottom of the division following the opening 20 games of the season.
The Black Cats parted ways with summer appointment Simon Grayson last month and replaced him with former Wales boss Chris Coleman, with the Welshman given the unenviable task of guiding the Wearsiders away from the bottom three.
Without a home win in almost a year and just fourteen points on the board so far, Coleman has it all to do, but the 47-year-old remains confident that he knows the formula to success at The Stadium of Light.
Reflecting on Saturday’s disappointing home loss to Reading, Coleman is keen to put the result behind him.
“Saturday was one huge disappointment, but it’s one game, and we’ve got a lot more games to go,” Coleman told the club’s official site.
“I know what’s ahead of us, a huge challenge.
“I can see what this place needs, I know what it needs.
“It’s just a matter of can we put it in place, and how quickly can we do that.”
Sunderland fans were delighted to see Coleman appointed as their new boss, and his positive nature is certainly rubbing off on Black Cats fans.
The former Wales boss is certainly the right man for the job, but the task ahead of him is huge.
His optimism is fantastic, but he remains a realist at the same time which is essential given his current predicament, as promising fans the world and failing to deliver upon that promise is a recipe for disaster.
The Black Cats must keep faith in their new boss as he attempts to find the right formula, with January being a huge month for all involved with the club.
Coleman will have to work wonders on a next-to-nothing budget, but the manager has excellent contacts, and could spring a surprise or two in the winter window.
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