Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the Shields Gazette that he’d like to build a wall around his side and the city.
He made the comments in response to the criticism his side have received after their 2-0 defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup.
“If we close Sunderland and put a Chinese Wall around the city then that would be fantastic,” said the boss.
The comments show a willingness of the manager to protect his players and the club from the criticism being aimed at them in the press.
Sunderland are currently only two points above the bottom three in the league and face a difficult game against West Brom this weekend.
It’s important everyone pulls together and focuses on the club moving forward and getting a positive result.
The challenge for Poyet in training this week is going to be lifting his players and boosting their morale levels to try and prevent a dip in confidence.
On the one hand, the loss is arguably the worst of the season but on the other hand, at least the manager is trying to protect his players and the Premier League is now the only thing the side has to concentrate on.