I have been told to stop questioning the appointment of Paolo Di Canio and that whatever he says should not be criticised. Instead I should back him and help him, but I am unsure what that means. Does it imply just have blind faith and act merely as his apologist? Then and only when the time comes that he may be sacked - am I allowed to be a sheep and mouth him off? [More]
It would be incredibly easy to boil yesterday’s game down to a single moment, or the fact that David Vaughan is not good enough to play in a two man midfield – if we don't know that already, which we should. There was something, or someone, completely different who stood out in our 1-3 defeat against Arsenal. [More]
It was clear to all outside the dressing room that we would struggle today when the team selection was announced. I can understand a manager having a favoured system, and trying, generally, to stick to it. I struggle a little when that system is one that no other team in the Premiership plays, and which doesn’t suit our players – exposing as it does our weakest area. [More]
Home games don't come much tougher than against Arsenal and their visit to the Stadium of Light could hardly come at a worse time. Only one point has come from Sunderland's opening three fixtures, all against teams that are expected to be nearer the bottom than the top. The team is in a current state of disarray with so many new signings... [More]
Paolo Di Canio may be facing criticism from many quarters for Sunderland's inept performances so far this season, but he did not show he was under pressure at all when he turned out as a late call-up for Steve Harper's testimonial on Wednesday night. The Italian would have surely known he was putting himself in the firing line to receive the wrath of most of the 50,793 fans who packed St James' Park. [More]
After a summer of discontent for our former captain, Lee Cattermole has declared himself fit to return to the first team – with potentially an appearance on Saturday against Arsenal. So, the question which immediately pops to mind – do we need him?
Evidentially… yes! We wrote a little bit about our central midfield plight in our piece regarding Ki Sung-Yeung, and whilst it is the likely weekend debutant... [More]