It’s not going to be an easy afternoon for Gasheads on Wearside tomorrow – they’ve lost their manager and they’re up against a wounded animal in Sunderland.
It’s hard to see anything other than a heavy defeat for the visitors, they’ve lost four on the bounce and are down on their luck. Clarke’s sacking isn’t popular, but it wasn’t a surprise. Rumours of a move for Steve Cotterill might produce a negative atmosphere on the terraces though, he’s best known for his work with Bristol City.
They’re going to be rank outsiders for the visit to the Stadium of Light, but if they are going to defeat Jack Ross’ side, or even get a valuable point on the way towards safety, they’ll need to be right on top of their game.
Can the XI we’ve picked muster up enough character to get a point, or maybe all three? Let us know your thoughts.