Sunderland will be playing in League One again next season following a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Wembley. A shocking own goal gave the Black Cats the lead but from there on Charlton were the better team. Ben Purrington equalised before half-time and Patrick Bauer’s last-minute finish sent the Addicks back to the Championship.
After the game, there was clearly some soul searching to do for Sunderland fans. Especially, it seems, when it comes to the manager.
Sunderland’s inability to win automatic promotion had already left fans disheartened with the performance of Jack Ross. Many felt with the talent on board Sunderland should have been heading to the second-tier as one of the top two.
But a lack of killer instinct saw them draw more games than any other team in the league and finish fifth in the table.
For many Sunderland fans the performances have not been good enough and Ross’ negative style has left them wanting to see him gone this summer.
However, that is not a universal view. Some Sunderland fans have been impressed by the way Ross has helped get the team back on their feet after two woeful relegation seasons.
It certainly seems as though Ross’ future might be on the agenda at Sunderland this summer after failure to win promotion. Here is how some of the fans have reacted.
@SAFC Jack Ross experience in Scotland is of a small club nicking a goal and holding on in a big league. Problem is, he is managing a big club in a small league and he does not know or will not play expansive football. Change or leave our club.
— George Metcalf (@GeorgeMet18) May 26, 2019
I’m Jack Ross in because I like him, sick of change and was a huge task to turn the ship around from where we were in summer. But given we were 2nd/3rd most of the year, and the lack of tactical insight/guts/risks taken in big games, can’t begrudge anyone saying otherwise. #safc
— Kristian Wall (@kristianwall92) May 26, 2019
Held off saying Ross out for now. Given our post Xmas results and his post match comments, I’m struggling to argue his case to stay. #SAFC
— Jack Waldron (@waldron1994) May 26, 2019
If someone had said you will see your team go to Wembley twice and finish 5th in the league considering what Jack Ross @stewartdonald3 took over I would settle for that. Looking forward to next season #safc @Tweed_Barnesy @RokerReport
— Chris Dawson (@chrisdawson43) May 26, 2019
Still seething. If I knew Jack Ross was going to be sacked in the morning id sleep easy. Draw a line under this season and go again in August gunning for automatic promotion with a fresh approach. I have little faith the people pleasers will do what is necessary though #safc
— Parkersafc (@Parkersafc) May 26, 2019
— Konner Wells (@KonnerWells25) May 26, 2019
Firmly Ross out. Hasn’t learnt a thing from this season, especially certain games from this season and don’t expect that to change next season. #safc
— Shaun Mckitterick (@ShaunMckitteric) May 26, 2019
Not going to say thanks to Jack Ross tbh, boring, turgid, defensive football that failed in his objective. Massive thanks to the rest though, the owners gave us a side to be proud of that should have been top 2, hope they stay for years, they are appreciated, cheers lads
— Guinness Guzzler (@GuzzlerSAFC) May 26, 2019
Emotions are high. But for me we have to keep Jack Ross 10000%. We need some size/muscle in that team and we’ll go up next year. We weren’t ready this year, but we could have signed to have been ready. Gutted beyond words 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ #SAFC
— Richard (@Year6Teacher_) May 26, 2019
He has done so much to bring this team back up! We nearly got promoted. Yes improvements need to be made but we need to stick with Ross! #SAFC 🔴⚪️
— Sam Wise 🏳️🌈🇪🇺 (@SamWiseSW) May 26, 2019
Jack Ross brings Maguire off for Grigg, goes to 442. 5 minutes later, subs Wyke off and goes back to the formation that wasn’t working. Tactically inept #safc
— Joe (@JoeDB_) May 26, 2019
People continue to defend Jack Ross. Think about it…. if we never got a lucky OG we would have been hammered. Joke of a manager #safc
— David Watson (@djwatsonsafc) May 26, 2019
I sound like a broken record but sitting behind the dugouts you can see that Bowyer is in the 4th official’s ear all game influencing decisions. Innocuous free kicks that lead to 94th minute winners, whilst Jack Ross stands gormless & passionless on the side of the pitch. #SAFC
— Gavin Callaghan (@CllrCallaghan) May 26, 2019
Has Jack Ross resigned yet? #Safc
— Will (@14wjc) May 26, 2019