The former defender believes that Gus Poyet wants to leave the club.
Sunderland slipped into further disarray yesterday as they were defeated by Aston Villa 4-0 at home. They were woeful throughout the tie and were 4-0 down by half time. By that point half the Sunderland fans had flooded out of the ground and a handful confronted the dugout to vent their fury at manager Gus Poyet.
Since the defeat there has been plenty of speculation over the future of the Uruguayan boss, whose time at The Stadium of Light seems to be coming to an end.
After the game he told the Northern Echo that he would not be walking away.
But one former Sunderland player does not believe Poyet wants to be there. Danny Higgingbotham spent one season in 2007-08. The 36-year-old is now retired after recent stints with Chester and Altrincham but works as a pundit. Yesterday, on Twitter, he said of the Sunderland boss that he felt he did not look like he wanted to stay as boss of the Black Cats:
Just what is happening @SunderlandAFC has Poyet caused these problems. Recent interviews have been very bizarre— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) March 14, 2015
Convinced Poyet wants out. Body language tells you all you need to know. Feel for Sunderland fans.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) March 14, 2015
The Sunderland boss has certainly been odd in recent weeks, his press conferences odd and his body language lackadaisical.
But, at this rate, it looks like he might be waiting to be pushed rather than taking the leap himself.