Captain Not So Fantastic

John O’Shea is a bit of an enigma for me. His pedigree is undeniable with nearly 400 appearances for the most successful side of this generation and no fewer than 10 major domestic and European winners’ medals. So why is it that, at least in my opinion, he just doesn’t cut it as a Sunderland captain? [More]

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough: Match Analysis & Report

Professional is probably the only way to describe our performance. We were slick if not superb and let our Premier League quality shine through forcing us into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. The game smacked of a team recovering from a chaotic ordeal but with the important element of camaraderie. There was no lack of communication throughout the team which had been a feature of our disjointed displays so far. [More]

It Is Time To Play Ball

Sunderland as a football club has been shook to the core. The initial rattle started in excitement as Paolo Di Canio replaced Martin O’Neill professing promises of new ideals focused around strict discipline and flowing football. The rattles became more and more vigorous during the Italian’s tenure before descending into a chaotic earthquake after recent revelations. Di Canio sacked, player revolts – we are a laughing stock. [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]

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]