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Michael Beale's sudden departure from Sunderland has taken a bizarre turn after he speculations linked him to an anonymous social media 'burner account' to steadfastly defend his decisions.

The 43-year-old left his role on Monday, having only been appointed as Black Cats boss just before Christmas.

Mail Sport understands that Beale, who signed a deal until the end of the 2025-26 season as he replaced Tony Mowbray, was unhappy with circumstances behind the scenes.

Sunderland won just two of Beale's 12 games in charge and he leaves the Stadium of Light with the team 10th in the Championship on 47 points - four adrift from sixth and the final play-off position - with 13 games left of the season. 

One social media account on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, repeatedly defended Beale over the past few days.

Michael Beale left Sunderland on Monday after just two months in charge

Michael Beale left Sunderland on Monday after just two months in charge 

The 43-year-old won just twice of his 12 games in charge of the Black Cats

The 43-year-old won just twice of his 12 games in charge of the Black Cats

The now-deleted account, absolved him of any responsibility for ignoring Trai Hume when the latter tried to shake his hand after being substituted in the defeat against Birmingham on Saturday.

It also retweeted a post suggesting the Sunderland job was a poisoned chalice due to unrealistic expectations and the lack of adequate support from the board. 

But as Sunderland podcast 'What the Falk' pointed out on social media, the unwavering show of support for Beale may be linked to none other than Beale himself.

The posts came from an account called @Player__ID, which can apparently be traced back to the former Sunderland boss.

'Give @MichaelBeale new business @Player__ID a follow and check out the website,' read a post shared by a user @AaronCawley81 in July 2017.

At the time, Beale was working in Brazil as assistant to Rogerio Ceni, who been appointed in charge of Sao Paulo six months earlier.

Before being deleted, a description of @Player__ID account read: 'Development programme for players and coaches. Home of the playerID podcasts - hosted by @Michaelbeale. 

A post on Beale's personal LinkedIn page also seemed to confirm the link with the

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