Steve Bruce's complete lack of a football brain aside, we lost our five best players from last season and replaced them with a bunch of rejects from relegated sides - it really doesn't take Einstein to realise we would be in this predicament with a third of the season gone. Bent, Gyan, Wellbeck, Henderson, Malbranque and Zenden between them either created or scored pretty much every goal we scored last season. It really was obvious what was going to happen yet for some resaon people just did not see it. The manager ultimately has to carry the can, but Ellis Short and Niall Quinn must shoulder some of the blame here. We were always going to lose Wellbeck but I saw no desire whatsoever to hang onto Henderson and as for Bent, well Quinn and Short were as keen to trouser the £20 million as Bent was to go. So here we are once more as Sunderland AFC - with a manager hopelessly out of his depth, a squad full of sub-standard players and a disillusioned faithful. Groundhog Day. The answer - Bruce out and Hughes in with a remit of 17th place. I'd take that now.