Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

A very obvious pattern has developed at Sunderland in recent years. Each season the fans have their loyalty put to the test as the club gets off to an utterly dreadful start to the season. It then takes them until about February until they decide to ditch their manager, if they haven’t already, and bring in someone else to try and save the club from what looks like inevitable relegation. They then survive by the skin of their teeth, that …
What Has Gone Wrong At Sunderland?

What Has Gone Wrong At Sunderland?

Sunderland entered the season with so much promise after surviving the drop last campaign. The club had brought in several highly rated players to join their squad and in Paulo di Canio, they had a manager who they thought could lead the club forwards. They soon found out the latter wasn't true and quickly replaced the Italian before too much damage was done, but they have continued to underwhelm in the league. The North East side are now sitting at …
EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

Ok so Week 8 won't go down as a classic Premier League week but there are still plenty of talking points for the Manager Impact Index. Before I forget, i'd like to welcome Gus Poyet to the Index and we'll catch up with his performance later. The difficulty with the Index in the early weeks was that a manager could be in 20th place, have a good week and climb up to the top 5.  This was an unavoidable side …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
Sunderland Sack Di Canio | Di Canio Management Stats

Sunderland Sack Di Canio | Di Canio Management Stats

At 4:50pm on Saturday Paolo Di Canio entered the Hawthorns tunnel after suffering a comprehensive 3 – 0 defeat to West Brom; and having orchestrated a bizarre personal showdown with Sunderland’s own fans on a deserted pitch. On Sunday, a statement on the club’s official website read: “Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening. Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough …
EPL Podcast: Sunderland Sacked Di Canio…10 Minutes After We Finished Recording

EPL Podcast: Sunderland Sacked Di Canio…10 Minutes After We Finished Recording

This week's EPL Round Table Podcast has supporters representing Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace, Swansea & West Ham United all discussing their managers: Brendan Rodgers, Sam Allardyce, Ian Holloway, Michael Laudrup & Steve Clarke's relationships with the supporters! Listen to the EPL Round Table on iTunes!  Episode 8: Sunderland Sacked Di Canio…10 Minutes After We Finished Recording Date: 22nd September, 2013 Kevin eats some dodgy lasagna in this episode of The EPL Round Table. Sean (@westhamfootball) takes over as host to …