Lee Cattermole was no different to any Sunderland fan this summer.
As the search for a new manager went on, the 29-year-old was checking the odds, looking for the latest news, to see who would be tasked with the mammoth task of rebuilding Sunderland.
There were the big names, Ryan Giggs at one stage short odds, and the slightly less heralded. Simon Grayson was one of those, but his appointment was a relief for the midfielder.
Now fully fit again for the first time in years, he is hungry for the season ahead and thinks the Black Cats have got the appointment just right.
“I kept looking at the next manager odds throughout the summer, everyone gets excited about the big names, but I honestly don’t think that’s what we needed,” he said.
“He’s got a lot of experience in the Football League, that’s what we need, particularly in recruitment.
“Since he has come in, his approach to training, the way we’re going to work, he’s been different class.
“We just need to buy into and trust what he says because he knows the league better than most. It isn’t always going to be pretty football but you need to find that way to win.
“We need players who know the league, I’ve been 12 years in the Premier League, and a lot of those you’re just trying to hang in there, win games, get a draw.
“Hopefully now we can fight at the top and get a different energy around the place.”