Guest Post: Many Parts A Match

What do you get when you pit one team who has just lost against a hated rival, and another that had just fired their manager? You get the Sunday match between Liverpool v Sunderland. Just like anything else, the game of football doesn’t level boring matches out there. Oh and for American fans, since NBC in the States shows ALL THE MATCHES for each round, Jozy Altidore gets to play a league match without the manager who brought him in. Then add to the mix that Luis Suarez gets to play his first match since he took a bite out of the Chelsea defender. Fun times, YAY? [More]

Short-Sighted

It was fascinating to read that in the recent revolt, players reportedly had to go to Sunderland's chief executive Margaret Byrne and director of football Roberto De Fanti to air their grievances. Seems there was little choice. Previously they would have gone to Niall Quinn, when he was chairman or even in his temporary role of international development. Since his sad departure, the whole structure seems to be lacking in what the club is supposed to be about. [More]

Homage to the Hero from Hetton-le-Hole

“I can let the team do the talking for me.” It is a quotation obvious never learnt by Paolo Di Canio or seemingly able to understand. It comes from one of the most unlikely football legends, whose name stands at the summit of managerial achievements in British football - a stunning array of 20 trophies in nine seasons, which will never be equalled. Despite this, he brought humility, not seen or ever likely to be seen any more, to the game. [More]

Can Gus Suss It?

As speculation regarding Paolo Di Canio’s successor as head coach show no signs of subsiding, one name continues to loiter at the fore of the odds table. Uruguayan maverick Gus Poyet – untested in the Premier League – is a Chelsea legend with something to prove. Furthermore, he possesses a reputation as a cunning tactician and, having played top division football more recently than other leading candidates, would be likely to offer a more effective and popular style of play. [More]

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough: Match Analysis & Report

Professional is probably the only way to describe our performance. We were slick if not superb and let our Premier League quality shine through forcing us into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. The game smacked of a team recovering from a chaotic ordeal but with the important element of camaraderie. There was no lack of communication throughout the team which had been a feature of our disjointed displays so far. [More]

It Is Time To Play Ball

Sunderland as a football club has been shook to the core. The initial rattle started in excitement as Paolo Di Canio replaced Martin O’Neill professing promises of new ideals focused around strict discipline and flowing football. The rattles became more and more vigorous during the Italian’s tenure before descending into a chaotic earthquake after recent revelations. Di Canio sacked, player revolts – we are a laughing stock. [More]