Has Paolo forgotten how to count? At first sight of the new squad numbers, one may be forgiven if thinking that Paolo Di Canio has caught a touch of the Harry Redknapp's syndrome in having difficulty in counting. Notably missing are 1 to 4. Also eye-catching, Lee Cattermole, captain for the past three years, has been put out on a limb by being given the highest, 33, while none at all has been assigned for out-of-favour defender Phil Bardsley. Not fully sure if an abacus is required but there may be reasons behind the apparent shortage of mathematical skills. [More]
Well, everybody, it's finally here. After what currently seems like the longest 13 weeks of our lives, the Premier League - and our beloved Sunderland - returns to action in what promises to be yet another 10 months of elation, despair, and pure drama. After one of the most productive summers in our history and the biggest influx of players in the entire league this window (so far), it is fair to say that the spectacle we are about to witness is one of virtually unknown measures. [More]
In the final part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we remember the first match of the 1970-71 season, where Bristol City were the hosts to a Sunderland side that had finally been relegated from the First Division after spending five years in a constant dogfight.1970 was the realisation of what many felt over the... [More]
Sunderland's elusive search for full backs has been as extensive as it has been wide. It has stretched across Europe to South and Central America and back. At times, it has seemed more like a game of chess with so many rumours advanced yet regularly falling over or being chopped down like pawns without commanding any forethought. [More]
I am going to try and heed to some perspective as I am often guilty of over-optimism! Top half finish will most definitely be dubbed a success and suggest to Mr Short he is on a winner so we can start seeing huge coin fritted around next summer. Looking at the Premier League, the top four, Spurs and Liverpool should comfortably be the top six – but then there’s a big group of teams that are vying... [More]
This summer has been a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of transfers for Sunderland.
With nine players already signed and potentially one or two due in, the entire squad has had a massive facelift with the majority of the changes being made in the centre and defensive side of squad.
Three forwards have been signed so far under Paolo Di Canio; Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore... [More]