The Foot­ball League Pa­per

says... Mow­bray’s Rovers show way for­ward

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AS SUN­DER­LAND pre­pare for life in League One, they can per­haps take some heart from the Black­burn Rovers re­vival this term. Rovers also had a steep fall from grace, slid­ing from the Premier League to the third tier in quick time. They be­came a laugh­ing stock un­der In­dian own­ers Venky’s and it looked as though they were on the road to nowhere.

But ap­point­ing Tony Mow­bray as man­ager was one de­ci­sion they did get right. Although he couldn’t save them from relegation last term, he re­shaped the squad in the sum­mer, made some shrewd pur­chases, no­tably goalscor­ing mid­fielder Bradley Dack, and got them fir­ing again.

They marched to pro­mo­tion, clinched with a 1-0 win at Don­caster in mid­week, and can look for­ward to life back in the Cham­pi­onship next term with op­ti­mism.

Af­ter a sticky spell with Coven­try, Mow­bray has shown again what a good man­ager he is and not many would be­grudge him success. He’s down to earth and tells it like it is, but there’s no doubt he knows how to or­gan­ise and pre­pare a foot­ball team.

Sun­der­land fans will be hop­ing that Chris Cole­man can do a job sim­i­lar to the one for­mer Mid­dles­brough boss Mow­bray has done at Black­burn.

As Glenn Moore points out in his col­umn on page 13, who­ever the Sun­der­land man­ager is next term, he is go­ing to need back­ing from the owner. Whether El­lis Short is pre­pared to do that re­mains to be seen and a takeover would ap­pear the Black Cats’ best bet of turn­ing over a new leaf.

Cole­man may well be re­gret­ting tak­ing the job fol­low­ing his Wales ex­ploits over the last few years, but you would hope he sticks with the Black Cats and tries to get them back up again. If any­one can turn the list­ing ship around, you’d back him to do it.

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