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. [More]
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]
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... [More]
So, James McClean is on his way to Wigan.In particular, there are a couple of myths that I want to challenge head on.
Is that a good thing? Well, in my view, looking at the bigger picture, it probably is – although not necessarily for the reasons that some of our fans may think.The first myth is that we are well shot of a troublemaker.
There is no doubt that this summer has been simultaneously one of the most interesting and confusing that I can recall for the club. A comprehensive restructure has been enacted, with scouts of international renown brought in to deliver a brave new approach to player recruitment. A huge number of names have been linked with us... [More]
As seems to be customary with all of our squad this summer, Craig Gardner was recently linked with a move away from the club. With the possibility of a return to the midlands to play for West Bromwich Albion touted. It seems as if the press are on a warpath to make Paolo Di Canio’s clear out look more like a car boot sale. [More]