Tuesday 19 February 2019

Boss backs O'Shea

Sunderland’s John O’Shea
Sunderland’s John O’Shea

Chris Coleman has defended John O'Shea from fans' criticism at Sunderland.

The Black Cats are bottom of the Championship and boss Coleman is aware that O'Shea and Lee Cattermole have been singled out by unhappy fans.

"We got relegated last year, John and Lee were both here and have been here a long time. They will be targeted. That's life," Coleman told the the Sunderland Echo. 

"You get that at a lot of clubs, if you have been at a club for a long time you will get criticism. Being part of a relegation team, you are attached to it, that's how it works but they don't shy away from the challenge and that has to be a good start. We are bottom of this league now, both players are still involved in that here so you can see what people think but their mentality is what we need at the minute.

"I have been around a lot of clubs and teams. Lee Cattermole and John O'Shea? I don't see them being a problem at all. They are trying their best to make things better. From what I have seen since I arrived, I don't know what we would have done without them."

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