Jimmy Mac Aint Coming Back

So, James McClean is on his way to Wigan.In particular, there are a couple of myths that I want to challenge head on. Is that a good thing? Well, in my view, looking at the bigger picture, it probably is – although not necessarily for the reasons that some of our fans may think.The first myth is that we are well shot of a troublemaker. [More]

Match Report: FC Midtylland 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland embarked on their final pre-season trip, this time landing in slightly more homely conditions in Demark to face Danish Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland. A familiar set up other than defence as Paolo Di Canio continues the continuity with his midfield and attack. Behind, however, there were changes galore as Carlos Cuellar replaced Craig Gardner at right back (gulp!) and... [More]

The Right Solutions In The Wrong Areas

There is no doubt that this summer has been simultaneously one of the most interesting and confusing that I can recall for the club. A comprehensive restructure has been enacted, with scouts of international renown brought in to deliver a brave new approach to player recruitment. A huge number of names have been linked with us... [More]

Gardner World

As seems to be customary with all of our squad this summer, Craig Gardner was recently linked with a move away from the club. With the possibility of a return to the midlands to play for West Bromwich Albion touted. It seems as if the press are on a warpath to make Paolo Di Canio’s clear out look more like a car boot sale. [More]

Barclays Asia Trophy - What Have We Learned?

The aftermath of our frolicking in the far east has settled down - so what exactly have we managed to fathom about our new look side? Full backs are key in a 4-4-2, so having some would be preferable. Okay, so Colback looked strong when coming up against a good number of attacking moves. In fact, he possibly looks as strong or even more so as a left back than as a central midfielder – where his short passing wouldn’t fit into our new (or indeed old) ethic. [More]

Opening Day 2000 - Sunderland v Arsenal

In the second part of our build up to the opening game of the season, we look back to the turn of the millennium. Sunderland were entering into the era dubbed as ‘second season syndrome’ and quite possibly a pivotal year for Peter Reid. To make things a little easier, their curtain raiser for the season was against an Arsenal side... [More]