Opinion

Brown Back In Town

by MartinW Monday, 23 September 2013 09:26 PM

Although pretty much all incoming transfers are interesting – which has made this a particularly interesting close season, of course – I must say that I haven’t got a clue whether Valentin Roberge or Modibo Diakite are any good at all. I would hope that they are better than the men they replaced (Matt Kilgallon and Titus Bramble), without the baggage, and probably cheaper too...


Do Sunderland Need Another Striker?

by MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 09:25 PM

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...


Has Paolo Forgotten How to Count?

by John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 09:23 PM

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.


Catt Conundrum

by GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:23 PM

“We will see. It depends”Paolo Di Canio ’s response when asked if Lee Cattermole has a future at Sunderland. It could hardly fill Cattermole with confidence that he is required at the club. Even more telling was this quote made before Alfred N’Diaye moved back to Turkey; “In my opinion we need a specific player with specific characteristics in...


The Wickham Man

by RichardBurn Monday, 23 September 2013 09:20 PM

Connor Wickham is not a teenager anymore, not by a long shot. The time for 'give the boy a chance, he's only young' is over. The excessive referencing to his stellar England under-21s scoring record must now be cast aside. It’s time to expect more. In this crucial, exciting yet unpredictable season for Sunderland AFC...


Set Piece Suckers

by GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:18 PM

Sunderland set piece woes have been the prime catalyst for our poor start to the new campaign. Had we defended these with any real organisation or composure, we would theoretically have at least four points on the board. So where exactly has this huge defensive shortfall stemmed from? Well, one person we certainly can’t blame is Martin O’Neill.


Praise For Paolo Pantomime Performance

by John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 09:16 PM

Paolo Di Canio may be facing criticism from many quarters for Sunderland's inept performances so far this season, but he did not show he was under pressure at all when he turned out as a late call-up for Steve Harper's testimonial on Wednesday night. The Italian would have surely known he was putting himself in the firing line to receive the wrath of most of the 50,793 fans who packed St James' Park.


Takes Two To Tango

by John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 05:22 PM

I am not quite sure how Lee Cattermole may be feeling after being wooed by a snappy-dressed Italian suitor last week. Did their eyes meet across a crowded room or was it more showered in broken crockery? Perhaps he is as enchanted as in the Rogers and Hart love song 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,' which some may be thinking.


Fletch And Jozy

by MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 05:21 PM

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.


Di Canio Obituary

by GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 05:20 PM

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.