Sunderland – A lost season?

Sunderland – A lost season?

Hopes were high for Sunderland fans at the beginning of this season. Martin O’Neil’s first full season in charge and some big money transfer’s to look forward to on the pitch. But this season hasn’t exactly gone to plan thus far… Sunderland currently find themselves 15th in the Premier League table and are bottom in the league form table with just two points from 18, dangerously close to slipping into the relegation zone with 31 points, just four above 18th …
Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Struggling Premier League side Sunderland have named Paolo Di Canio as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal. The controversial Italian took over on Sunday after the sacking of Martin O’Neil and has seven-league games to save  Sunderland from relegation and help them climb the table. Their last match saw The Black Cats slump to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and left them in 16th position, one point from the relegation zone. This will be Di Canio’s …
Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2 | Opta Stats

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 2 | Opta Stats

Arsenal left the Stadium of Light as victors after a turgid affair with a resurgent Sunderland side. Arsenal never really looked on top form, failing to maintain a fluid passing rhythm against a Sunderland side who seemed content with playing for the draw, attacking only with quick breaks, a failure on O'Neill's part as a forward line with the likes of McClean, Sessegnon and Campbell could have asked a few questions of the Arsenal defence. The Gunners, who showed one …
Cattermole & Vaughan | Winning Formula

Cattermole & Vaughan | Winning Formula

[caption id="attachment_8069" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Man Manager Martin"][/caption] Finally, Sunderlands’ season has taken off and things are starting to look rosy again on Wearside. Now sitting in 10th position in the league after an emphatic win at the DW Stadium on Tuesday, quite how Martin O’Neill has transformed a club in such a short space of time is anyone’s guess. The secret may well lie in what Steve Bruce might like to think of as a parting gift in the shape …
O'Neill defying stats to raise spirits

O'Neill defying stats to raise spirits

After eight games, a string of fine performances and a vast improvement in results, it is fair to say the Martin O’ Neill revolution is firmly under way at Sunderland. O’ Neill arrived to great expectation from a  public wearied by the prosaic stagnation in the latter days of the Bruce era. The results speak for themselves. Already, O’ Neill’s Sunderland have amassed more points in his eight games in charge than in Bruce’s thirteen. The table below compares the …