Big Sam for England?

Big Sam for England?

The way certain sections of the UK media built themselves up for the inevitable disappointment at Euro 2016 with England, it seems they really haven’t learned from history and after the departure of the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, it seems the FA haven’t learned either. Portugal winning Euro 2016 was really a victory for tactical prowess over superior talent.  Despite having a genuine world superstar in their midst and some talented players in their squad, Portugal probably shouldn’t have been able …
What Do Sunderland Need to do This Summer?

What Do Sunderland Need to do This Summer?

Sunderland did very well to survive the threat of relegation once again and they are quickly becoming a specialist in surviving the drop from seemingly perilous positions. In Sam Allardyce, they have a manager who is proven in the top flight and won't settle for another relegation scare in his first full season in charge. The Black Cats haven't had stability for a long time and have relied on managerial changes to save their season on a too frequent basis. …
Survival Hope for the North East

Survival Hope for the North East

I can personally testify to the passion the North East of England has for football and whilst in recent decades its three main clubs do not have the trophies to match the depth of meaning football holds in the region, it can still point to a number of legendary names that emanate from the area. Bobby Robson, Brian Clough, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton, Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer are all names synonymous with success, and all hail from …
Manchester United vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Sunderland take on Manchester United this weekend at the Stadium of Light in what is an important game for both the teams involved. That being said, the two teams are at opposite ends of the table and on paper it seems like it should be very one sided. However, nothing can be determined in the EPL, and for all we know, Sunderland could pull a victory over the Red Devils. While Sunderland is generally having a down season, the Black …
Slaven Bilic the RockStar Manager

Slaven Bilic the RockStar Manager

Any club that makes four close season signings and all four pay off will inevitably have a good season. Slaven Bilic signed Dmitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Angelo Agbonna and Michail Antonio and they have all slotted seamlessly into the first team contributing immensely. Payet with 9 goals 9 assists, Lanzini with 6 goals 2 assists and Antonio has 6 goals and 5 assists. That's an astonishing 21 Premier League goals and 17 assists from 3 new signings at a combined …
Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

Rafa v Big Sam: A Titanic Relegation Clash

When Newcastle announced the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager, two things immediately sprung to mind. The first was that he was an incredible coup for Newcastle and the second was the impending Tyne-Wear derby would be Rafa against Sam Allardyce. It’s a true heavyweight clash that is a broadcasters dream because it’s between two managers who are big personalities with a personal animosity. But it’s more than a clash of personalities; it’s a clash of styles between Benitez and …
Arsenal Find Balance Amidst Changes

Arsenal Find Balance Amidst Changes

The FA Cup, the trophy that has given the gunners so much happiness in recent years, is more of an afterthought this season, given the shot they have in winning the league. In fact, Wenger's side is well aware of the amount of games a cup run would entail, already dealing with a beleaguered, fatigued and injured squad. Sunderland too are more focused on the Premier League, prioritising avoiding relegation to the romanticism of the world's oldest trophy. For these sides, …
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 …
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