Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn explained on Sky Sports yesterday the two choices facing any of the club’s players and officials.
Sunderland secured a priceless three points against Newcastle United thanks to a stunning strike from Jermain Defoe and Quinn has highlighted the black and white nature of the situation currently facing the club.
“Listen, anyone at the club has two choices; they can either embrace this challenge – or they can choose to duck it,” said Quinn.
The three points has taken a little bit of pressure away from Dick Advocaat’s side, but the club are by no means out of danger.
Sunderland have a three point cushion above the bottom three and the win yesterday moved the team above Hull City and Aston Villa.
The pressure is firmly back on those two teams, with Sunderland facing a slightly more relaxed week as a result, in the build up to their next game.
The pressure is back onto Aston Villa who take on Queens Park Rangers tomorrow night, to see if Tim Sherwood’s side can respond and turn the situation back onto the Black Cats.
Advocaat’s main job is to keep all of his players focused on the task in hand, which means ensuring that everyone at Sunderland is moving forward in the right direction to ensure that the club gives themselves the best possible chance of survival.
The more Sunderland players and officials who embrace the challenge of helping the side stay up the better.