Even under Ellis Short an owner now looking for his fifth manager in less than five years certain people have hung on to their jobs at Sunderland.

It turns out the chap Paolo Di Canio banned from talking to the players in the tunnel has been here for 50 years while the tea lady subjected to similar sanctions is into her fourth decade. There was a sense here yesterday that some sanity has been restored. A cloud had lifted at a sunbathed Stadium of Light.

Sadly for Sunderland however nice guys are not necessarily what is required to revive a side still looking for their first win of the season.

Particularly when the players know him as the guy who normally takes the Under 21 team and need only have read the chief executive’s column in the match programme to know he has little chance of landing the top job.

‘Our efforts are presently focused on appointing a new head coach’ wrote Margaret Byrne even if caretaker boss Kevin Ball was still expressing a desire to stay in charge after seeing Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge dismantle his fragile defence.

In those same programme notes Byrne added that they are ‘carefully examining all of the options available’.