Ireland international Aiden McGeady expresses his annoyance with the management of Chris Coleman in a new Netflix documentary.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die (available from December 14th) follows the club during the disastrous 2017/18 season which saw them relegated from the Championship a season after dropping out of the Premier League.
Former Wales manager, Chris Coleman, was the manager for much of that season. Coleman took over from Simon Grayson in November 2017. It was Grayson who had initially agreed to allow filming to take place.
In quotes from the documentary, published by the Sun, McGeady says of Coleman's management style:
If a player keeps making the same mistake, show them the mistake they are making. I've had managers before who come in and go crazy. He just kind of comes in and it's, 'We could have done this better, right, sound, move on'. It's just kind of an acceptance of, 'That's OK'. You come into training a couple of days later and everyone is laughing and joking and we've just been beaten 3-0 at home.
McGeady speaks in episode seven of the show. It sees the club relegated from English football's second tier following a defeat to Burton Albion.
"The instructions that he gave the wingers were to stay high and wide," McGeady says of a 1-1 draw with Millwall seven weeks prior to relegation being confirmed.
"I'd never played in a 4-3-3 before so I was a bit unsure of what to do when I didn't have the ball. We have no chance of winning a game with that system - almost impossible to win it."
McGeady is also critical of Coleman's decision to allow Lewis Grabban cut short his season-long loan at the club and return to parent club, Bournemouth.
"Even if you don't like Grabbs as a person, but you know he's valuable to the team because he's scored 12 goals - manage the player. I think the manager thought that Grabbs was disposable and we'd get someone else in who could do the same job, but that never happened."
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