Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)


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Byline: KEN DYER

SUNDERLAND fans should perhaps sit down before they hear this but, according to Gary Breen, their new manager Mick McCarthy is black and white.

Before things go apoplectic up at the Stadium of Light however, it should be pointed out that McCarthy is not a Newcastle fan but rather that there are no subtle hues or shades with the Yorkshireman.

He calls it as he sees it and there is bound to be some straight talking between the Sunderland board of directors, the players and McCarthy in the months ahead.

Breen knows McCarthy and his methods well. The former Millwall manager gave him his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland and the West Ham defender has since become an integral member of the Irish team.

Tomorrow Sunderland come to Upton Park for only the second match under McCarthy and, although the Black Cats are virtually down bar the shouting, Breen knows his former international manager well enough to know there will be plenty of pride and passion despite their hopeless Premiership position.

"Mick will be breathing fire the same as he usually does," said the former Coventry defender who, at best, will be on the substitutes' bench.

"He certainly doesn't accept defeat easily. Sometimes, before a friendly match, Mick used to say: 'What's a friendly?

There's no such thing unless you win it'.

Mick is very black and white. He wants it done his way and if not, he won't tolerate it. He's very honest though and if you're playing well he tells you and if not, he still tells you. There's no secondguessing with him. You know where you stand.

The general opinion is that Sunderland are down and that they will have to embark upon total rebuilding job.

If that is true and judging by the timing of Mick's appointment, they probably are, then that is what he will do - rebuild. …

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