Jordan Pickford says that his time at Sunderland has taught him about the need for stability.
The former Black Cats’ star is part of an Everton side who are struggling for form at the moment with head coach Marco Silva being tipped to be the next Premier League boss to face the sack.
Managerial departures are part and parcel of the game these days, but that doesn’t mean that the speculation won’t affect the playing squad.
Pickford has played under four coaches since moving to Goodison Park in the summer of 2017, and says that the Toffees should look at Sunderland’s demise as an example of what instability can do to a club.
He said: “He told the Liverpool Echo: “I don’t know how many (managers) I had at Sunderland. You want stability throughout the club don’t you? That’s what you want as a player.
“We are just the players and there is so much more going on at the top and bottom of the club and that’s the case in any football club but as players you just want stability, knowing what’s going on and moving forward and just playing football.
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“That is what we are paid for, and you’ve got to enjoy playing football and if you are not you shouldn’t be playing.
“Sometimes we have to look at ourselves as individuals and as a squad.
“It is not always right to blame the manager. Everyone has to hold their hand up at the right time. Some people make mistakes in games, I’ve made mistakes in games and I’ve held my hand up for my mistakes so we’ve got to be together and be united and be ready for the fight.”
It’s hard to argue with Jordan Pickford’s point here.
Sunderland endured a torrid time as they chopped and changed their manager, and while there were plenty of other factors in play, it certainly didn’t help.
For the Black Cats, the hope is now that they don’t do the same again with Phil Parkinson under pressure.