Professional is probably the only way to describe our performance. We were slick if not superb and let our Premier League quality shine through forcing us into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
The game smacked of a team recovering from a chaotic ordeal but with the important element of camaraderie. There was no lack of communication throughout the team which had been a feature of our disjointed displays so far. [More]
Sunderland as a football club has been shook to the core. The initial rattle started in excitement as Paolo Di Canio replaced Martin O’Neill professing promises of new ideals focused around strict discipline and flowing football. The rattles became more and more vigorous during the Italian’s tenure before descending into a chaotic earthquake after recent revelations. Di Canio sacked, player revolts – we are a laughing stock. [More]
He rode in on his glittering Roman chariot to exterminate Sunderland's eternal woes, slaying the Mags in the process in true swashbuckling style. The gladiator set forth a revolution at the Academy of Light, showing all the right fervour and passion. Battle lines were drawn but it was always going to be a poisoned chalice. As the harrowing way revolutions go, they tend to devour their own children. Tragically at the end, he became a pathetic and lonely figure, seeking solace from suffering fans. [More]
Paolo Di Canio’s stint as Sunderland manager was short lived. It was both delightful as it was depressing. Intriguing as it was infuriating. Exciting as it was…erm…unforgettable. You will not get a more memorable 13 games out of any other manager – let me tell you that! As an ode to the Italian madman, we felt obliged to diarise his time in the hot seat. [More]
Paolo Di Canio is sacked. The preverbial roller coaster ride has abruptly halted as the Sunderland hierarchy feel there is something amiss with its direction. How much of this is down to results and how much of this is down to Di Canio’s relationship with the players will likely be revealed in the coming days – you can’t imagine him keeping schtum like Martin O’Neill. [More]
In the middle of this predicament, Di Canio’s thought seems bizarrely stagnant. His hype led us to believe we were getting a young, dynamic force with fresh ideas from the training ground to the starting eleven. The fitness regime was the ultimate difference between a lacklustre Sunderland and the mighty MK Dons -- hell, it may even make the difference against Peterborough United on Tuesday, but in the Premier League such athleticism is surely a prerequisite. [More]