Unlucky In Love - Can Gus Poyet be the One?

I’ve never been one of those blokes who got lucky as a result of my devilish good looks with ladies swooning across a crowded dance floor. My limited success with women was mainly achieved through getting to know someone a bit first (friend of a friend, work) and then attempting to snare them into a date (…hmm, perhaps snare not the best word) snare charm them into going out with me by slowly, persistently grinding them into submission. Thus were the only meaningful relationships in my life born. The sudden exciting rush of the, let’s be honest, all too rare, one night stands haven’t left any indelible mark in my memory. And so it is with regards to the latest nascent relationship focusing my thoughts, between my beloved team and our new manager Gus Poyet. [More]

Interview - City Viewpoint

Wey! We’re in the cup quarter final, something to be cheerful for. Oh crap, now we’ve got to play free-scoring Manchester City. There are plenty of good memories to go with this fixture for Sunderland fans but here are some thoughts from the other side. We spoke with Rob from City’s best blog site Typical City (@TypicalCity) about their title challenge, our season, Adam Johnson and of course – the match. [More]

Sunderland Vs Manchester City - 40 Years On

The epic 1973 FA Cup victory has long been written into the annals of history. Sadly it is so distant that the majority of current fans were not even born or too young to appreciate the full scale of the achievement. Although I was fortunate enough to attend the heroic final, there is also a particular game I remember in the cup run against Manchester City, who were favourites after knocking Liverpool. [More]

We Will Change Everything - the Good and Bad of Paolo Di Canio

With the reign of Gus Poyet well underway, albeit (hopefully) not in its hay day, it would only be customary to review the rabble which he succeeded. Paolo Di Canio’s short yet radical period in charge of Sunderland definitely brought with it massive change – as the Italian promised - in the club's philosophy and how it was ran. Opinion on Di Canio, however, has much divided us fans ever since his name was mentioned in relation to the vacant post all the way back in April. There are ways in which the management aided the club and those which contributed heavily to the current, unsavoury situation… [More]

Sunderland 2-1 Southampton: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

Never underestimate the healing power of a good cup run for a team in the mire. A time we can cast aside the agonising fact that things are just plain wrong at the club and concentrate on a much welcome distraction. We stretch our unbeaten run against the Saints to six and more importantly march into another cup quarter final. What’s more, we deserved that victory in a solid overall performance. [More]

Is Cattermole Worth the Aggro?

It would be pretty easy, in the heat of emotion following Sunday’s almost stereotypical Sunderland meltdown, to dismiss Lee Cattermole. The same Cattermole that many of us have lauded this season for perhaps being the one player who was up for this relegation dogfight. Most footballers have their pros and cons – but which outweigh the other? [More]