Guest Post: Five Players Sunderland Need to Ship Out in January

With lots of talk going around regarding players being brought into Sunderland this January, who needs to leave Gus Poyet’s squad? It is well documented that the club have nine players coming to the end of their contracts in the summer and many will feel it is a great opportunity to get rid of the ‘dead wood’ that has occupied Sunderland’s squad over the past few years. Most of the players out of contract are high earners at the club but the January window offers Ellis Short a fantastic opportunity to sell some of Sunderland’s average players and bring in people who can actually keep us up. [More]

Wes Dismissal Obscures Bigger Problems

It is rather ironic that the difference between Stoke City and Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium was largely Charlie Adam. Yes it is true that his over-the-top reaction helped to convince referee Kevin Friend to send off Wes Brown unjustifiably. Perhaps he deserves to be described as a cheat or much worse. But he was also arguably man-of-the-match for the victors and all but illustrates the calibre of a player the Black Cats are sadly lacking. [More]

Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland: Kev Has Got Nee Mates

Well, when luck isn’t on our side, it really isn’t on our side. Oh and football isn’t a contact sport apparently. Yes, after such a strong performance against Manchester City a fortnight ago at home, we travelled to Stoke, who have showed glimpses of decent football yet can’t win games but of course they recorded their first win in nine games in the Premier League - it could only happen to us! [More]

Stoke City Vs Sunderland - Interview

So the Britannia is next, a Stadium which hasn’t imposed it’s famed toughness on us in recent years. It is a huge game to help us keep up the momentum built in our two momentus recent home wins. It is also a big game for Stoke City and we were lucky to get a few moments of ESPN blogger James Whittaker’s time (@northstokie) to talk about Sunderland, Stoke, Mark Hughes, the relegation battle and of course the weekend’s match. [More]

Kenwyne Jones - Caribbean King

When writing this week’s historical piece there wasn't a shortage of players to choose from, Stoke have had a number of our former players in their ranks at one time or another. In the end though I have chosen to go for Kenwyne Jones, a player I both loved and hated in equal measure. [More]

Stoke City Vs Sunderland: Preview

I think the international weekend was perfect timing, contrary to the belief it could have dampened the high of winning two massive home games. I’m sure the players selected went about their national team duties with much bigger smiles on their faces than the break in September whilst those left back at home continued to swat up on an information-heavy footballing philosophy. Preparation is key and we visit Stoke City who are a completely different prospect to the Stoke who have only scored once against us in the last four meetings. [More]