BBC pundit Dion Dublin has been sharing his views on Lee Johnson’s recent appointment as Sunderland’s new manager.
This comes after Dublin recently made an appearance on the BBC’s Final Score Programme where he spoke about a variety of talking points surrounding English football at this moment in time.
On the topic of Johnson’s recent appointment as Sunderland manager, Dublin had this to say on the matter and the job ahead of Johnson with the Black Cats.
He said: “He’s got a lot of experience in and around League Two, League One and the Championship. He knows how he wants to play the game, he’s got some good tools to work with, the pressure is going to be completely different to anywhere he’s been as a manager.
“We’ve said it many times but Sunderland is a huge football club with a fan base that stretches far and wide. Taking on this job is not just taking Sunderland back to the promised land, it’s taking on the supporters, it’s taking on everything about the place, he’s going to find it very difficult, walking around the streets of Sunderland he’s going to be under pressure.
“I think he’s got the attributes to do [a good job], whether the players can listen to him and take on this information is another thing but the club itself is huge, can he move it forward, that’s the main thing.”
Before appointing Johnson, Sunderland sacked Phil Parkinson after going five games without a win in League One.
Johnson’s previous job in management saw him take charge of 217 games with Bristol City where they won 84, drew 53 and lost 80.
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TIF Thoughts on Dion Dublin’s comments on Johnson’s appointment…
Given how Sunderland’s finishing position has gotten lower with every season that they’ve played in League One, it’s hard to disagree with Dublin’s comments that Johnson does have a big job on his hands with the Black Cats.
With Sunderland currently sat in 9th place in the League One table having won just six out of their first 15 league games of the season, there’s every possibility that Johnson could get Sunderland’s season on track and move them towards a promotion push by the end of the season.