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‘I’m enjoying it’ – Mike Dodds provides update on his Sunderland future

Sunderland interim boss Mike Dodds has spoken out about his future at the Stadium of Light in an interview with The Northern Echo.

Sunderland have not bounced back after the appointment of Dodds. Following back-to-back losses in Michael Beale’s last two games in charge, Dodds took the reins but has watched his team lose another four on the spin.

Their chances of reaching the top six look to be decreasing week by week, and attention could soon turn to next season. The summer transfer window will present the Black Cats with an opportunity to go again and improve their chances of promotion out of the Championship next time out.

But there will also be the decision in the dugout to contend with. Sunderland have had three managers so far this campaign and it looks increasingly important that they get their next appointment right.

Speaking to The Northern Echo, the current interim boss spoke out about his future at the club and his future in management as a whole.

“I could take a step back, but that’s not in my nature,” he said.

“People say, ‘Are you enjoying it?’ I’m not enjoying it because I’ve lost four on the bounce and your ego takes a real dent. But the pressure is really addictive.

“One thing this has done is shown me that once you realise that the negativity isn’t going to help you progress or have clarity in what you’re trying to do, then you become really clear in your objectives. So, in terms of protecting myself, I think the best way to do that is just by being 100 per cent authentic and real in everything I do.”

Should Sunderland keep Dodds on?

If Sunderland finish the season strongly and Dodds shows what he is capable of then there is a chance that the club could keep him beyond the summer and into next season. But all will depend on what the final stretch of this current campaign brings.

So far he has been in charge for four games which have garnered four less than satisfactory results. They look to be in free-fall and so stopping the rot will be the main priority, and also keeping their play-off hopes alive before any decisions will be made on who is leading the team.

They went with experience at the start of the season with Tony Mowbray and they looked to be on course to seal a top six finish. Following this they went with a new upcoming manager in Beale and this didn’t go to plan. Therefore, rather than give Dodds the reins next time out, they could opt for a seasoned and experienced boss to give themselves the best chance of promotion.

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