Jack Ross has been discussing the form of midfield general Lee Cattermole this week. The 30-year-old has enjoyed a resurgent run of form recently. He has played the full 90 minutes in Sunderland’s last eight games and has even found the net on three occasions.
It has certainly been a welcome return to form for the player, who has struggled to have an impact at Sunderland in recent seasons.
His current boss spoke to the Sunderland Echo this week about his struggles in the past and how Cattermole worked well with other managers at the club, and his own future coaching credentials.
“I don’t know [whether he’s a future manager], that is something only Lee can answer. He is interested in the game and I’m sure he feels he has a lot of years ahead of him, he wants to speak to you about the game and take information on.
“If you speak to him about previous managers, he enjoyed the ones who taught him, if you like, or made the game quite clear for him.
“It is something that maybe he has got, he has natural attributes that would lean him to that side of the game but it depends how he feels about it and dealing with the other stuff.”
It is certainly interesting to hear about the managers who worked best for Cattermole at Sunderland. Considering Ross is the tenth man at the helm for Sunderland in his ninth season at the club, it is a challenge to see which managers he might be referring to.
Steve Bruce, the man who signed him, was likely one he enjoyed working under after his time together at Wigan Athletic. Martin O’Neill, Sam Allardyce and Gus Poyet also seemed to have a happy relationship with the midfield maestro.
His leadership qualities are undoubted. Cattermole is showing that with his form so far this season. A future manager? It certainly seems likely. But right now, he must use his unique skills to take Sunderland back to the Championship.