It's time for Sunderland to make head coach decision and get on with huge job ahead

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus (left) and Kristjaan Speakman
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus (left) and Kristjaan Speakman -Credit:PA

The situation at Sunderland is getting ridiculous now. It’s difficult to keep track of the names on the club’s list of proposed head coaches and Dane Bo Svensson is the latest.

Former Black Cats boss David Moyes has also been mooted with a Stadium of Light return. Anybody who leaves a club is seemingly on their way to Sunderland.

In Svensson’s case he actually left Mainz 05 in November last year so why he has suddenly shot up the rankings as a possible contender is an odd one to fathom. Also, whether Svensson’s qualities are what Sunderland need is questionable.

His overall win percentage in management is 41.22 per cent. With Mainz 05, in 105 games, it was 36.19 per cent.

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As a player, he had an okay career in Denmark and with FCK, he won the 2001 Danish Superliga championship under manager Roy Hodgson, and the 2003 Superliga under manager Hans Backe. He was sold to German team Borussia Mönchengladbach and went on to to play for the Danish national team and then transferred to Mainz 05 a year later where he retired in 2014 as a player, before continuing at the club as assistant coach.

After a spell coaching in Austria, Svensson returned to Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. He managed to lead them out of relegation trouble and by the end of the 2020/21 season, his team managed 32 points in the second half of the campaign. In the following two seasons, he successfully secured his team’s position on the top half of the Bundesliga table, with Mainz constantly being a strong competitor for the Europa Conference League qualification, but then left by mutual consent in November 2023.

That came after nine winless matches at the start of last season. It’s a record that doesn’t instil much confidence or excitement.

Sunderland have just gone through a period where they haven’t won games and the last thing they need is another Mike Dodds who failed to inspire the team. Who knows, it may well be Svensson. It could be Will Still. It could be any one of a handful of men.

It’s time for the club’s hierarchy to name him, and sharpish. Three months is long enough to conduct a search.

It’s time the club put all the speculation to bed and announce who it is so they can get on with the business of preparing a squad that does better than finish six points outside the relegation zone.