We Have One Good Centre Back

One man who seems destined to blossom under Gus Poyet is cultured centre back Valentin Roberge. Like most at Sunderland, his start to life on Wearside has been inconsistent but I see a very competent defender here – certainly more so than any other player we have in that position. [More]

Sunderland, Man Utd & Death

There are five minutes left to play and Man Utd are a goal ahead with Sunderland looking highly unlikely to cause any cursed, last minute press-box re-writes in another, ultimately, predictable conclusion to a supposedly highly unpredictable form of entertainment. My extremely bored, Leicester-supporting, step-son yawns beside me and inspects the label on his now empty bottle of nuclear-blue energy drink. It's the least energetic I've ever seen him. I glance over to my dad just past him, who returns my gaze with a resigned roll of his eyes. We exchange no words as we have suffered through this particular play many times before. [More]

Jaunting Adam Johnson

New head coach Gus Poyet obviously faces a multitude of problems to be sorted urgently at the Academy of Light. With only one point and firmly rooted at the bottom of the table, the Uruguayan certainly has to start hitting the ground, needing an average success rate of at least 1 win and 1 draw every three games to avoid the drop. Gmac has already hit on the thorny issue of the team captaincy but there are also many other decisions requiring prompt attention. [More]

Interview: Why Poyet Will Revolutionise Sunderland

We have all read about why Gus Poyet is the wrong choice as manager and how our squad will struggle to adapt to his style of play. We all know how his inexperience and temperament could be detrimental to our chances of survival. However, I think it is time we talk about football. I mean let’s run through Poyet and his tactics with the finest of toothcombs. Here is an absolutely fascinating interview with Brighton & Hove Albion blog site Not Worth That telling us why Poyet will revolutionise Sunderland. If you’re on the fence, like me, it is likely you won’t after this. Get a cuppa, this is worth the long read! [More]