Sacrificing Sess

Among all of Sunderland's transfer comings and goings, nothing has divided fans more than on whether Stephane Sessegnon should be sacrificed to help pay for a much-need playmaker capable of “unlocking the doors”. There has also been conflicting interpretations about various comments made by Paolo Di Canio regarding whether the arguably most talented player in the team remains firmly in his plans. [More]

Catt Conundrum

“We will see. It depends” Paolo Di Canio ’s response when asked if Lee Cattermole has a future at Sunderland. It could hardly fill Cattermole with confidence that he is required at the club. Even more telling was this quote made before Alfred N’Diaye moved back to Turkey; “In my opinion we need a specific player with specific characteristics in... [More]

Has Paolo Forgotten How to Count?

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]

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]

Do Sunderland Need Another Striker?

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]

Jimmy Mac Aint Coming Back

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. [More]