JG’s Transfer Update Pt.2

Here we are with pt.2 of JG’s transfer round up and its full of the big hitters. It’s L to W, taking in the likes of Liverpool, United, City and Spurs and the newcomer who loves being linked with the big names – Middlesbrough. Continue reading “JG’s Transfer Update Pt.2”

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What next for the relegation run-in?

The relegation race (it is the race no one wants to be a part of – a bit like the 1500m at Sports Day) is entering its final stretch with just a handful of games to go and with Aston Villa done and dusted only two places remain in the bottom three. So with three teams left vying to remain in the Premier League but does this weekend’s fixtures mean for the relegation run in?

17th Sunderland – P34 Pts: 31 GD: -18
18th Norwich – P34 Pts: 31 GD: -25
19th Newcastle – P35 Pts: 30 GD: -26

Let’s start with the 3 o’clock kick offs and Sunderland are venturing a little south to The Britannia to face a Stoke City that are haemorrhaging goals at an almost sacrificial rate. Continue reading “What next for the relegation run-in?”

Can Transfers save Sunderland against City?

Sunderland vs. Manchester City, Match Preview 2-02-16

Predicted XI’s

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Kone, van Aanholt, Catermole, M’Vila, Johnson, N’Doye, Borini, Defoe

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otadmendi, Demichellis, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Touré, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

And there we have it, the worse kept managerial appointment has been confirmed and it is the sign of the magnitude of such an appointment that even once official it still shocked. Manchester City love a Deadline Day announcement. In 2008, Thaksin Shinawatra sold the club to the Abu Dhabi Group and consequently brought Robinho in from Real Madrid for a then British transfer record. Oh, it was crazy! Deadline has never been the same since. Regardless how many times Jim White check his phone, the January window can never match such drama. Yet Manchester City’s announcement of Guardiola appointment certainly overshadows Alex Pritchard’s loan move to West Brom. Continue reading “Can Transfers save Sunderland against City?”

Predicted XI’s Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 16-01-16

Predicted XI’s

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Brown, van Aanholt, Johnson, Cattermole, M’Vila, Lens, Borini, Defore

In a league where Tottenham have been somewhat un-‘Spursy’ in their unbeaten run up till facing Newcastle a month ago, the mid-week defeat to Leicester City was further proof that this is a Spurs side that are still maturing under the tutelage of Pochettino. Continue reading “Predicted XI’s Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 16-01-16”

‘Are the Black Cats running out of lives?’ – Sunderland’s Relegation Plight

Sunderland AFC. 9 years (we have only just snuck into 2016 after all). 9 separate full time managers. Since Mick McCarthy departed in March 2006 Sunderland fans have seen Niall Quinn, Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neil, Paolo di Canio, Guy Poyet, Dick Advocaat and now Sam Allardyce all charging around the home dugout at the Stadium of Light. The longest serving Sunderland manager in that time is Roy Keane. 100 games in charge with the Championship title in his back pocket, it reflects both the clubs and funnily enough Roy Keane’s greatest period of success in the last decade.

It would be wrong to suggest that managerial instability didn’t occur before Ellis Short took out right charge of The Black Cats. The manner in managerial departure certainly has changed since the American-Irishman took outright control of the football club in October 2011. It has almost become cyclical at the Stadium of Light since the departure of Steve Bruce. A manager will be sacked after a poor run of results, normally just before Christmas or Easter and then the new man in charge will get the famed if not scientifically proven ‘new manager bounce’ and lead Sunderland to safety. That change of voice on the training ground must have particular resonance in the North-East because this could now become the assumed game plan for securing Premier League football that any Sunderland fan must now endure. Continue reading “‘Are the Black Cats running out of lives?’ – Sunderland’s Relegation Plight”