Gus Poyet believes that an 8-0 defeat in another country would have cost him his job.
Having travelled all the way from the North East to the South Coast to see their team, the Black Cats fans were left shocked by the performance on show, and the playing squad agreed to refund the cost of tickets up to £60,000 as a gesture of goodwill and forgiveness.
They host Arsenal this weekend, and head coach Gus Poyet will be keen to see the performance out of their system by kick-off, with the Gunners - despite not performing all too well this season - still able to put in a dominating performance when they need to.
Poyet has hinted at three or four changes to the starting line-up for the game at the Stadium of Light, although, surprisingly, goalkeeper Vito Mannone - culpable for a number of the strikes that went past him - is set to keep his place.
His desire to keep faith in the man who conceded eight goals suggests that he believes it was a game where everything went against the Black Cats, rather than a true display of their performance levels, and Poyet admitted to Chronicle Live that he has no explanation for what happened at St Mary’s Stadium.
The former Chelsea and Spurs man said: “It was a mix of emotions, I was very disappointed and unpleasantly surprised.
“I think it’s clear but I don’t know how, I’ve got no explanation.
“I didn’t go out the whole of Sunday, I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to see anyone because it’s true, it’s embarrassing.”
The coach also admitted that his previous experiences in management have made him appreciate his job more, with an 8-0 defeat a likely cause for dismissal in other countries.
“In another country, maybe an 8-0 defeat means that you lose your job,” he added.
“In England, that is not the case – at the moment.”