Manager Report | What Gus Poyet Will Bring to Sunderland

Manager Report | What Gus Poyet Will Bring to Sunderland

After bolstering the ranks with fourteen new faces from all over Europe this summer, Paolo Di Canio’s stringent yet promising revolution at Sunderland was understood to be in full swing going into the new Premier League season from the outside. However, the Italian’s existence on Wearside proved to be short-lived – a meagre 13 games to be precise – after he was removed from the dugout last month with the club languishing at the bottom of the table following four …
Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Revolutions require time and aren’t painless. Paolo Di Canio started his revolution at Sunderland this summer and his overhaul has the goal to give club new culture and attitude. Fining players that didn’t attend shirt-signing sessions or arrive late for team meetings isn’t new to more structured clubs. Maybe it is in a club like Sunderland, where former managers Martin O'Neill and Steve Bruce embraced a more soft approach with first-team players. Changes have been made both in and outside …
An Analysis of Sunderland's New Pressing Philosophy | Tactics & Stats

An Analysis of Sunderland's New Pressing Philosophy | Tactics & Stats

Despite being in possession of a great managerial record, Di Canio's appointment at The Stadium of Light has been one of great controversy as his supposedly facist and racist beliefs have suddenly unearthed. The decision to bring in the ex-Swindon manager could prove to be a brilliant one as his fiery passion has summoned some strong performances from The Black Cats against solid opposition. One of the greatest changes seen in their play is as a result of his strong …