We Are Wearside 2013-14 Season Predictions

I am going to try and heed to some perspective as I am often guilty of over-optimism! Top half finish will most definitely be dubbed a success and suggest to Mr Short he is on a winner so we can start seeing huge coin fritted around next summer. Looking at the Premier League, the top four, Spurs and Liverpool should comfortably be the top six – but then there’s a big group of teams that are vying... [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]

Match Report: Sunderland v Manchester City Barclays Asia Trophy

Despite brushing aside Tottenham in the semi-finals, Sunderland march into the Barclays Asia Trophy final as the underdogs against 2011-2012 Premier League champions. There was a tentative start to the game as both teams tried to get to grips with the pitch, which was the resemblance of a mud-pit and arguably worse conditions than on Thursday as both teams struggled to maintain any possession. [More]

Barclays Asia Trophy Preview

The fifth bi-annual Barclays Asia Trophy sees Sunderland debut as their pre-season preparations hit fifth gear after a gruelling time in Italy. Competing alongside Manchester City, Hong Kong’s most successful side South China and former winners Tottenham Hotspur – we can finally get excited about actual football again! [More]

And I-E-I

Just six months after arriving on Wearside, Alfie N’Diaye is seemingly set to move back to Turkey as Süper Lig’s Eskişehirspor close in on the central midfielder. Paolo Di Canio was spoilt for choice last season in centre midfield, albeit a choice between particularly average performing players. [More]

Jack Comeback

With Jack Colback rejecting a new contract and seemingly seeking an exit, just how important is he in Paolo Di Canio’s squad? Colback is currently the longest serving player at Sunderland, and when you factor in his youth career – that’s thirteen years he has been here. Canny stint. His development over that time has always been admirable if not spectacular. Until the 2011-12 season his contribution to the first team was sporadical but since then he has commanded a regular place in the side achieving nearly 60 starts over the last two campaigns. That would be appearances pretty much everywhere on the pitch, having nearly as many elsewhere as in his favoured central midfield position. [More]