Coleman points finger at owner Short
Chris Coleman has laid the blame for Sunderland's worrying demise at the feet of wantaway owner Ellis Short ahead of tonight's crunch relegation clash with Bolton.
The former Wales boss took over at the Stadium of Light in November looking to arrest their worrying slide down the Championship but things have not gone to plan, and with the prospect of joining Swindon (1994-1996) and Wolves (2012-2014) as clubs to suffer back-to-back relegations from the top flight to the third tier, Coleman took aim at Short.
"At a club like Sunderland there is incredible passion and a lot of supporters, they need people here who care about the club as much as them. Here lies a problem. Obviously Ellis (Short) wants to sell the club and they recognise that maybe his love for the club was maybe yesterday.
"Until that changes, he wants to sell the club, that is common knowledge, until we get someone that wants to turn a corner with, love it and care for it and look after it, hence all the negativity.
"Until we have a new owner with new ideas we are where we are."
Coleman has won just four of 17 games since assuming control of a listless Sunderland in November, but it still constitutes an improvement on their early-season form which saw them win-less in 15 after an opening-day victory at Norwich.
Six defeats in the last eight games has taken its toll though, and a positive result is now essential against a Bolton side that are just two points clear of danger themselves.
Coleman called it Sunderland's "game of the season" in the aftermath of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Brentford, adding: "It's painful for everyone, we're all suffering."
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