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Thursday, 26 September, 2002, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Sunderland fans want O'Leary

Former Leeds boss David O'Leary
O'Leary took Leeds into the Champions League

Sunderland fans believe former Leeds boss David O'Leary is the man to revive the fortunes of the ailing Premiership club.

But current manager Peter Reid has not totally lost the faith of supporters following the Black Cats' poor start to the season.

That is the view of Martyn McFadden, editor of Sunderland fanzine A Love Supreme.

"There have been a lot of polls in the local media," McFadden told BBC Sport Online.

"In one radio poll, 80.5% of people said Reid should go. Another poll in a newspaper showed 68% wanted him to go, which shows quite a bit of support for him.


A poll asked who should replace Reid and most people said David O'Leary
Sunderland fanzine editor Martyn McFadden

"Another poll asked who should replace him and most people said David O'Leary would be the best person."

Sunderland are currently one place off the foot of the table after just one win from their opening seven league games.

And the heat on Reid intensified after last weekend's 2-0 defeat at local rivals Newcastle.


"In the first couple of seasons at the Stadium of Light, the club were talking big and we were playing good football, but they failed to build on that," said McFadden.

"A lot of good players left and it has taken a long time to replace them."

Sunderland spent 16m on strikers Tore Andre Flo and Marcus Stewart just before the transfer deadline, but they have failed to make an immediate impact.

"Reid left it until the last minute to bring players in," said McFadden.

"Had he brought Flo and Stewart in pre-season they might have had a chance to gel."


There's no such thing as a team being too good to go down
Martyn McFadden

McFadden also warned that Sunderland were not too big to go down.

"We're getting stuck down at the bottom and he same thing happened to Ipswich last season," he said.

"Although they had a bit of a resurgence mid-season, ultimately their poor start caused their undoing.

"There's no such thing as a team being too good to go down, although I think our squad is strong enough to finish mid-table.

"Pressure is mounting on Reid and the way for him to get out of it is to string some results together."

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Has Peter Reid's time run out at Sunderland?

Yes
 51.04% 

No
 48.96% 

12838 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
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