As Kevin Ball takes caretaker charge once again this evening, why is a permanent appointment at the Stadium of Light taking so long?
Two weeks ago saw then Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio stand in front of the angry travelling fans at West Bromwich Albion after a 3-0 defeat and hear them sing, "you're getting sacked in the morning".
It happened the next evening.
But as the team prepare to face champions Manchester United in today's late match, the players are still unaware of who will be their manager for their next league game at Swansea after the international break.
Ball, the club's development coach is loved by the fans from his playing days and has taken charge of a 2-0 win against Peterborough in the Capital One Cup and a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last Sunday.
The league defeat was harsh on the side who showed a lot more fight than what was seen under the Di Canio regime and could have come away with a point but for the potent strike force of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
It does seem like chairman Ellis Short is giving Ball a chance to show his credentials and it does beg to ask the question. What happens if the Black Cats pick up their first win of the season this evening? Could it be the result that triggers Short into giving Ball the job full time? Let's remember that Ball has pulled no punches in saying he wants the role permanently.
With the rumoured talks between Short and former Brighton boss Gustavo Poyet seemingly going quiet and no other names doing the rounds at this time, a win today would see Ball's stock rise massively.
It could be a case of the fans singing "you're getting hired in the morning" come full time this evening.
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