Black Cats chief: Don’t panic

The Black Cats headed into Saturday afternoon’s Premier League

clash with Wigan sitting just two points above the relegation zone

and with the pressure from some quarters mounting on manager Steve

Bruce. However, writing in his first programme column since

replacing Niall Quinn as chairman, Short said: “Every one of us –

supporters, players, staff and of course myself – are unhappy with

our league position at present. “However, I remain optimistic that

we will rise to a position commensurate with our ability and don’t

feel that there is a need to panic. “The essential point is that,

while we are not happy with where we are at the moment in the

table, there is no reason to panic. “The performances and results

on the pitch are our number one concern and we are all looking for

improvement there.” Bruce too used his programme notes to urge fans

to judge him at the end of the season. He said: “Let’s be clear

about this, our aim is still to be in the top 10. “We are three

points off that at the moment, but even if we were in the top 10

come full-time today, the table in tomorrow morning’s newspapers

won’t be the one that counts in the final analysis. “More than

anything, I want to say to all of you here today that I know we are

in a results business and I am fully aware of that and the fact

that there will be doubters, of course. “In the end, we must be

judged at the end of the season and I’m confident that come that

time, we will have shown what we are capable of and be further up

the table.”