The Sunderland Board announced today that, after conducting a long search, they had chosen long time 606 caller Darren Mcintyre as their new manager.
Darren, 23, a lifelong Mackem, has been calling the BBC phone-in show for many years, beginning in 2006 at the age of 16 when he rang to call for Mick McCarthy’s resignation. Later in 2008, with the Black Cats just avoiding relegation, he demanded the sacking of Roy Keane. Further calls followed in late 2011 (‘Bruce must go’), early 2013 (‘O’Neill must go’) and last week (‘Di Canio must go’).
Darren believes Sunderland's lack of continuity is the main reason behind their current problems. His philosophy is that “Football is a simple game” and “you need to score more goals than the opposition”. Furthermore he believes in “picking the right players in the right positions” and that “it’s all about getting the three points at the end of the day”. “We’ve been impressed with Darren” admitted Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn, “he seems to know everything there is to know about the game. For example if we had scored more goals than the opposition and gotten three points in every game last season we would have won the league by Easter and would now be playing in the Champions League rather than bottom of the Premiership.”
Darren firmly believes that the nucleus of a side is a strong defence, with a hard-working but creative centre midfield and good wingers ‘to provide width’. “However”, he told BBC pundit Robbie Savage on a recent call “you must have a 30 goal a season striker and a goalkeeper who doesn’t make mistakes, as well as strength in depth. If the board can’t see that and get their hands in their pockets to get these players in then we should get rid of them and get a new lot in who will.”