Takes Two To Tango

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. [More]

Calumniation Of Cabral

I have been told to stop questioning the appointment of Paolo Di Canio and that whatever he says should not be criticised. Instead I should back him and help him, but I am unsure what that means. Does it imply just have blind faith and act merely as his apologist? Then and only when the time comes that he may be sacked - am I allowed to be a sheep and mouth him off? [More]

Glimmering Greek

It would be incredibly easy to boil yesterday’s game down to a single moment, or the fact that David Vaughan is not good enough to play in a two man midfield – if we don't know that already, which we should. There was something, or someone, completely different who stood out in our 1-3 defeat against Arsenal. [More]

Praise For Paolo Pantomime Performance

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. [More]

Manic Man-Management

Before a ball was kicked this season, Niall Quinn hit the nail on the head when querying whether Paolo Di Canio has the right interpersonal credentials to make Sunderland succeed. “The big question mark is over Di Canio's man-management skills. Will he be able to get the players he has kept to gel with the many new signings he has brought in during the summer? That is a big ask because, make no mistake, the Premier League will punish weaknesses”. [More]

Losing Our Sess Appeal

This summer has been the fifth consecutive transfer window when I have been half expecting, and fully dreading, the news that broke in recent days: that we have sold Stephane Sessegnon. Finally, and perhaps inevitably given the extent of changes that have been made this summer, it happened. Regardless of what else has (or hasn’t) happened this summer... [More]