Sunderland star delivers honest verdict on Tony Mowbray sacking after Leeds United win

Jenson Seelt expressed his disappointment at Tony Mowbray’s departure from Sunderland and praised his former boss for assisting him in settling on Wearside.

The 20-year-old Dutch defender joined the Black Cats from PSV in the summer and made his third appearance for the club in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Leeds, with first-team coach Mike Dodds in charge for the second time. Sunderland’s decision to cut ways with Mowbray stunned many in the squad, as the club was only three points outside the play-off places at the time. “The gaffer was a really, really nice person,” Seelt said of Mowbray to the Echo.


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“He provided invaluable support as I adjusted to the club and proved to be an excellent coach. His dismissal saddened me, yet if the higher-ups in the club deem it the right move, then we must align our direction accordingly. I extend my best wishes to him.”

Seelt’s choice to join Sunderland was influenced by the club’s intention to recruit and develop younger players, a strategy he was familiar with given the Black Cats’ recent history.

“As a youngster, I followed the Premier League, so I was already aware of its stature and Sunderland’s extensive history in it,” Seelt explained. “I had an idea that they were focused on a project centered around nurturing young talent. When I heard of their interest, I took the opportunity to watch documentaries and gather more information about the club, solidifying my understanding of its substantial size and devoted fanbase.”

“The defender has been actively improving his English skills since arriving at Sunderland, receiving assistance in settling at the club from experienced players like Luke O’Nien and Alex Pritchard.

“When discussing the language challenges, Seelt mentioned, ‘Initially, it was alright, but I feel like I’ve made significant improvements, especially concerning football-specific language that’s crucial on the pitch.’ He further expressed, ‘As I’ve spent more time here, my progress has been notably positive. The senior players, particularly Pritchard and O’Nien, have been incredibly supportive and friendly towards me. I’m genuinely grateful to have them around.'”

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