Was it really necessary to be so brutally honest about their prospects this season, telling fans to brace themselves for a relegation fight after just two games?
And while the jury is out on his transfer record so far, £8m buy from Chelsea Papy Djilobodji has made a terrible start to his Sunderland career, loan signing Adnan Januzaj’s performances have been mixed while former Manchester United youngsters Paddy McNair and Donald Love are clearly not ready for regular first team football yet.
But for Sunderland to have any chance of breaking free of the wretched Groundhog Day scenario which has suffocated the club for so long, blind panic can’t govern boardroom actions.
Not since 2010 has a manager who started the season finished it in the home dug-out.
Since Steve Bruce’s “achievement,” Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat have all been lauded as saviours only for the axe to fall months later with Sunderland staring relegation in the face.
Allardyce looked like the man who could break the miserable cycle even though before his own departure, he feared another tough campaign without significant investment.