Demise of Di Canio

He rode in on his glittering Roman chariot to exterminate Sunderland's eternal woes, slaying the Mags in the process in true swashbuckling style. The gladiator set forth a revolution at the Academy of Light, showing all the right fervour and passion. Battle lines were drawn but it was always going to be a poisoned chalice. As the harrowing way revolutions go, they tend to devour their own children. Tragically at the end, he became a pathetic and lonely figure, seeking solace from suffering fans. [More]

Di Canio Obituary

Paolo Di Canio’s stint as Sunderland manager was short lived. It was both delightful as it was depressing. Intriguing as it was infuriating. Exciting as it was…erm…unforgettable. You will not get a more memorable 13 games out of any other manager – let me tell you that! As an ode to the Italian madman, we felt obliged to diarise his time in the hot seat. [More]

Di Canio Sacked

Paolo Di Canio is sacked. The preverbial roller coaster ride has abruptly halted as the Sunderland hierarchy feel there is something amiss with its direction. How much of this is down to results and how much of this is down to Di Canio’s relationship with the players will likely be revealed in the coming days – you can’t imagine him keeping schtum like Martin O’Neill. [More]

What Do We Do Now?

In the middle of this predicament, Di Canio’s thought seems bizarrely stagnant. His hype led us to believe we were getting a young, dynamic force with fresh ideas from the training ground to the starting eleven. The fitness regime was the ultimate difference between a lacklustre Sunderland and the mighty MK Dons -- hell, it may even make the difference against Peterborough United on Tuesday, but in the Premier League such athleticism is surely a prerequisite. [More]

West Brom 3-0 Sunderland: Match Analysis & Report

Okay, so my faith was misplaced as well as blind. In an absolutely dreadful afternoon of mediocrity and cruel luck – Sunderland continued their rather depressing start to the season as they were brushed aside by struggling West Brom. Of course, I did get one thing right, as I am pretty sure most of us did – Stephane Sessegnon ran the show and scored. [More]

Fletch And Jozy

It’s been over ten years since we last witnessed the delightful and prolific partnership of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn terrorise the Premier League with their little and large combination on top of their goal score abilities. The memory of the pair scoring against Newcastle will forever be etched in my mind for the rest of my life, quite simply, they were idolised, and rightly so, during their time at the club. [More]