It’s that time again, the sickening yet inspiring experience of the Tyne Wear Derby. I would hope I am not alone in saying that this is a surreal day in the football calendar. The dread and excitement build up in tandem. I remember everything, even tiniest details of the day and match but each memory seems like it was a lifetime ago. Even last season’s infamous 0-3 seems as long ago as Super Kev’s winner in ’99 like they have been bundled into their own memory bank separate from the rest of football. Precious memories that they are. [More]
New manager, same old Sunderland, this does not look good at all. Of course, patience will have to be taken into account, but announcing Gus Poyet as head coach was supposed to bring a huge uplift which there was little sign of. To lose 4-0 to a side who have not won in their last eight domestic home games just sums up our luck and avoiding relegation is the only priority now. [More]
It really will be a fascinating game of football tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium. A team ripped from its roots and replanted on unchartered ground against one which seems snug in its set up. Swansea City took just two seasons to establish themselves as a Premier League club and that status seems under no threat whatsoever, whilst we are still desperately trying to find a genuine and permanent solution to our ever gaping cracks after treble the time. [More]
Gus Poyet is to take first bow as Sunderland boss at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. We have enjoyed reasonable success against the Swans since their arrival in the Premier League, unbeaten in four games. We caught up with Jules from Swansea City’s best fansite SwansFC (@swansfc) to ask him about our current plight, Poyet, the Europa League and of course this weekend’s match. [More]
Oh to be a Sunderland fan. Exhausting, it’s not even frustrating anymore – I’m just worn out. The misplaced optimism is starting to take its toll and you get the sense we really need to be rescued by someone.
It was pretty irritating when you think that Manchester United, even when they did score, looked like a team devoid of any creativity. Perhaps we were unlucky, perhaps we were naïve, but it was an inspired 18 year old kid Adnan Januzaj who sent us home with that familiar feeling of desperation. [More]
We were lucky enough to get a few moments with Republik of Mancunia writer Nashat Hassan (@nashat_hassan) – so we fired him a few questions. He talks Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio, United, Moyes and today’s game. [More]