Livelihoods at stake
Sam Allardyce didn't help their survival chances on Saturday as despite, dominating West Bromwich Albion for the majority of the 90 minutes, they ended up recording a fourth consecutive draw. The goalless contest was worsened with Norwich City's late 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Newcastle United stretching the gap to safety to four points.
A potential fall down into the second-tier of English football could have potentially dreadful ramifications for everyone involved at the Stadium of Light. Ninety Black Cat employee's lost their jobs after the club's 2003 relegation and Mannone believes that these factors all come into play. The Italian told the Northern Echo said that he "can't help but think" about what could happen to "everyone at the club".
He said that he cares about "each individual that might lose their job" which he believes makes it "even more important" to avoid relegation and that when he steps on the pitch he has a "bigger responsibility" and that he "represents everyone" at the club.
It has been a rollercoaster three seasons for the Italian having lost his place to Costel Pantilimon but having returned to the Sunderland starting XI, who are looking for a third consecutive survival push, Mannone is looking for some normality.
He told the The Chronicle that you have "ups and downs" in your career and you have to "keep strong" and "work hard" and that he waited "a long time" for his recall. He continued saying the club "must be doing something wrong" to be in the similar position for the "last few years" but believes that they have a "good squad" and shouldn't be in that position.
Sunderland AFC will host Leicester City at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, April 10 with kick-off at 1:30pm BST.