Joe Gelhardt goes viral after he hilariously pushes a West Brom player to ground and it’s claimed Sunderland are keen on an Italian manager.
Sunday’s meeting between West Brom and Sunderland saw Dennis Cirkin net a second-half double for the Black Cats after John Swift had put Albion ahead from the penalty spot immediately before half time.
Sunderland’s stunning comeback in the second half was capped by Dennis Cirkin scoring twice to secure a 2-1 win over play-off rivals West Brom.
John Swift’s penalty kick just before half time gave Albion the lead.
Mowbray’s side sealed the win on the 84th minute however, extending their unbeaten run to seven games and to move up into a play-off spot in sixth place with two Championship matches left.
West Brom currently sit ninth on the table with 63 points. They are two points behind Sunderland.
One amusing moment during the game saw Sunderland’s Joe Gelhardt involved some pushing and shoving with West Brom’s Darnell Furlong after Dennis Cirkin got the leveller. Watch the viral videos below…
Why did Joe Gelhardt do that then? 😂 pic.twitter.com/PlAwPlIxYJ
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) April 23, 2023
— A LOVE SUPREME (@ALS_Fanzine) April 23, 2023
West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan said post-match: “Unfortunately we couldn’t get the result we wanted to get.”
“The fans created an amazing atmosphere and the players played with the right intensity to compete in the game.
“We tried to be very aggressive because we knew that when they have the ball in the attacking half they are a very ambitious team. We wanted to avoid these type of moments and I think in the first half the team didn’t compete at the level that the game was demanding.
“In the second half we increased the aggression, especially in the attacking half and we created more chances than them.
“For me, it’s a game that’s been won by the team that were more clinical in the opportunities they had to unbalance the game.
“We knew that the game would be a very good game to watch from the fans’ perspective because it involved teams who like to play well.”
“Football is never going to be easy, and in these type of situations they key is to have the right mentality to overcome difficulty.” He said.
“Today has been one more moment like this, and we will react again. To win these next games is very important to put the team in the highest position.
“After one defeat, you can’t overthink it too much. But at the same time, there’s just two days between the games – we know how important the next game is going to be.
“The most important game is always the next one. Forget the previous one, prepare for the next one in the best way we can.”
The boss has his say on our defeat to Sunderland. 🗣
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 23, 2023
Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray:
“We’ve had some great away days this season – and this was another one.
“We were brave on the ball. It’s nice to see so many of our young lads trying to play football the right way.
“We controlled the game for long periods. And you can see they’re enjoying it.
“This is a good football team with real talent. If you preach the right messages to them, then they get it.”
“O’Nien is an amazing human being and unique footballer,” added Mowbray.
“He sets up his own businesses, he has his own podcast, he talks about developing young people into leaders.
“He’s having discussions with me talking about pre-season and ‘what are the non-negotiables going to be, gaffer?’
“I’m thinking ‘Luke, you just concentrate on passing it to one of our players and winning a few headers!’
“I thought it was a really soft penalty (on Swift) – I didn’t see a lot of contact until the body was just about on the floor.”
Mowbray added: “The plan initially for Luke was to leave at 5.30am this morning and arrive for 8.30am, have breakfast with the team and play.
“It was the first night with a new baby but all credit to him – less than a day after his child was born he was playing, it’s amazing.”
“Dennis [Cirkin] is a really powerful, aggressive guy – you just need to keep pushing him to believe in himself to go and do it,” said Mowbray.
“He’s undoubtedly got Premier League qualities – he’s a powerful unit and he’ll nick goals.
“He was playing left centre half of a three so I don’t know why he was in the box!
“Credit to the bravery of the team in that he played it forward and kept going and joined in.”
Tony Mowbray reflects on a huge win at West Brom.
Full interview… 📺👇 pic.twitter.com/Xth09xXNZc
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) April 23, 2023
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano posted a surprise tweet on Monday morning saying that Sunderland are interested in Francesco Farioli, and have put him on their shortlist for next season.
According to the same journalist who claimed that clubs from England, Italy and Portugal have approached the young coach, the 34-year old is not short of interest.
Braga is believed to be one team that has made an offer for him. However, they have not yet been able to close a deal for him. This could give the Black Cats the opportunity to sign the ex-Fatih Faragumruk and Alanyaspor boss manager.
Farioli is also be considered for the job at Watford, with Chris Wilder expected to go in the summer.
Excl: Sunderland appreciate Francesco Farioli as new head coach for the next season, he’s on top of their list. ⚪️🔴 #SAFC
Farioli, considered talented coach — he’s only 34 years old and clubs in Italy, Portugal [including Braga], England and Turkey have approached him. pic.twitter.com/0vOLdhhDpQ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 24, 2023
This is what fans said as Joe Gelhardt hilariously pushes a West Brom player to ground and reports claiming that Sunderland are keen on the Italian manager…
ON THE PLAYERS PUSHING:
@nBrennan73: If they can give it they can take it, kicked him all over all game
@Laking86: 10/10 from Joffy this after being kicked around by them all game. No notes #SAFC
@safc_king: The way he’s kicked on after a rough start has embodied Mowbray’s management of this young group. No, he isn’t a striker, but he’s weathered the storm and come on to show bags of character and heart on the pitch. Really pleased for the lad.
@chriswray_80: He’s tremendous. I love his attitude and his work rate. A massive shame that he’s not up top with Stewart as I think they’d have been mint together.
@chrissywright7: Loving Gelhardt more and more every game 😂🙌🏼
@Michael45759951: Just noticed that , beauty 💪😂
@JWatsonCoach: I didn’t even realise why he’d pushed him after the goal and I now know why….that not a blatant penalty? I’ve seen the goal must be 50 times now and never noticed until now (push wise) 🤣🔴⚪️
@Micky_A_Lawson: How have I just seen this 🤣🤣🤣🤣. Fucking class that like
@LukeCharlton16: Go on joffy lad give him it son
@bethgabriel_: This is truly fantastic 😭
ON THE MANAGER SPECULATION:
@vikingnelsson: For Sunderland fans. He was a GK coach for various teams under De Zerbi. Likes to play from the back. Obsessed with possession football and will do it even if the opponent put all their players forward. Not the most versatile coach in that regard but only 34 and could get better
@CFCLux_: Thought they wanted to keep Tony
@p0rksavage: So much of the feel good factor I personally think will go if Tony goes , he is the man for the next 2-3 years at least . Why can’t we just have a brilliant result or week without some sort of crap coming up ?
@Parkersafc: Strange one this. Romano knows his stuff so it makes you wonder if Mowbray has intimated to KLD and Speakman that he’s stepping down at the end of the season 🤔 #safc
@returnoflemack: Tony must stay! #safc
@MaximusKen04: Totally wrong to ditch Mowbray #SAFC
@ChloeeRose004: Ok this news has came as a shock to me. Mowbray has done a fantastic job with the youngest side in the league as a recently promoted side and with the injury crisis weve had, i thought he would stay but now im confused. Is he gonna retire or is there anything else? #SAFC
@FulwelI: Wonder if TM is wanting to leave? Not entirely sure what else would warrant him being pushed out?
@DavidHindmarsh7: He might be highly rated by people in the game, but there’s nothing he’s done so far to suggest he’s actually ever going to be a good manager. Would be a huge risk when we have someone actually doing a good job 🤷♂️
@AL_SNR58: No. We already have a good manager
@OllyButton05: What’s wrong with Mogga? #SAFC
@J0shuaJ0rdan: WTF. Keep Tony Mowbray
@ChazUrwin: Why is it never simple with us 🤣🤣🤣 #safc
@TommySheerin: What the fuck’s Mowbray done wrong like 😂
@tomm_shannon: Would be a truly awful decision this