Needed to let off some steam…

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Just when you think we have the chance to push on up the table and stop looking over our shoulders… BOOM – we’re brought down to earth with a bang, this time courtesy of Reading and more specificely Jimmy Kebe.

Two goals from a player i would like to think wouldn’t get anywhere near our first team. However, put him up against Jack Colback and you feel like your watching the next Thierry Henry. Colback, however, isn’t a left back, and was only deputising for Danny Rose. The real problem with Colback is when you push him into his preffered centre midfield position and realise he’s just as inaffective there.

As is Sebastian Larsson. Cut the goals from free-kicks out of his game and he really is left looking a vulnerable figure in the centre of our team. Of course, not entirely his fault as Craig Gardner recently decided blasting every free-kick in decent range over the bar, wide of the goal or into the wall was a good idea.

Also what has happened to the exiting prospect of having Sessegnon, McClean and Johnson as an attacking three? Dwindled away with Sessegnon’s inconsistency and the fact McClean and Johnson seem to have lost all pace and the ability to beat a man over the course of the summer.

I don’t want to be too harsh on AJ however as it is his first season and i do believe there is potential scope for him to improve as the season progresses. McClean however is a lost cause for me. He appears to have lost all the rawness from his game and god knows what he is being coached but it must be something along the lines of – ‘run inside everytime you get the ball, and the nearest you are to the half way line is all the better for crossing.’

We can’t even blame Bardsley anymore because he is out the side, however, a new right back is certainly needed. Fletcher was isolated against Reading but is still our best player. N’diaye – fair enough he missed the chance that could have won us the game, but at least he made the run, something i have never seen Colback or Vaughan do. Also without N’diaye in the middle, and with Cattermole currently injured, our midfield would appear almost non-existent.

I don’t know what O’Shea was doing for the first goal, but he’s still probably our best centre half. Mignolet is top class, and well when it comes to Bramble, at least you know exactly what your getting, and to be fair that hasn’t been all that dissapointing.

I’m only saying these things because i care – Rant over!

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Save of the century

May 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Here it is. The official best save in premier league history, courtesy of sunderland’s number 1 Craig Gordon, and it is a stunner! The commentary and Sunderland fans singing at he SoL pretty much sum up the absaloute brilliance of the game winnning save vs Bolton. Also the reaction of Knight and Hughes, who can’t believe they haven’t scored, really is a picture. I’d also like to use this opportunity to beg to Martin O’Neill if your reading this (probably is, it’s a good blog) to get Craigy G signed on for another season, he is absolute top class and worth every penny of the 9 million pounds paid!!

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“Anybody who can do anyt…

May 11, 2012 Leave a comment

“Anybody who can do anything in Leicester but make a jumper has got to be a genius”

The words of the great man Brian Clough, revealing his admiration for his former Nottingham Forrest player and current Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill, who used to manage Leicester City.

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A quick word on O’Neill

May 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunderland fans have hailed Martin O’Neill as “The closest thing to Brian Clough”, as the Ulsterman has impressed in his first term as manager of the Black Cats. With the team teetering on relegation when O’Neill’s appointment was made, the impact of the 59 year-old has been undeniable with MON’s team securing a comfortable mid table finish, weeks before the end of the campaign.

Sunderland fans may had heard of O’Neill’s infamous man management skills, long before the appointment, but would struggle to have foreseen quite the way in which the Ulsterman was able to galvanize the squad.

Another positive of Martin O’Neill’s reign, has been the emergence of 23 year-old Irishman James Mclean. Mclean, although signed under Bruce, hadn’t played a first team game until O’Neill took the reins at the club. The new manager handed him his first sub appearances, against Blackburn and Tottenham, before entrusting the winger with his first start against Manchester City.

The manager’s judgement paid dividends as well, as Mclean has been a revelation in the left wing role. Now an ever-present of O’Neill’s side Mclean has repaid the gaffer with goals and assists in his appearances for the club.

Martin O’Neill’s impact on the club was also underlined by the fact he was awarded the manager of the month award, for his first month in charge of the club. His early success has also led to him being touted as a possible candidate to be appointed next England manager. With sky bet offering odds of 12/1, on what would have been a bitter-sweet appointment.

Martin O’Neill had previously demonstrated his management credentials at Wycombe Wanderers, Leicester City, Celtic, and most recently Aston Villa. During that time he has accomplished numerous promotions and trophies, making it no surprise he was Ellis Short’s number one target to replace Steve Bruce.

Martin O’Neill’s prowess as a manager, since retiring from a successful playing career, shouldn’t really come as a shock. Not least, due to the fact, he learned his trade under legendary manager, Brian Clough. O’Neill played under the ex-Sunderland striker at Nottingham Forest. Gaining them promotion, before winning the first division title and two European cups under “the best manager England never had.”

Now with the season coming to a close this weekend, with Sunderland’s season being over weeks ago in truth, fans can look forward to next season with optimism knowing O’Neill will be able to put his own stamp on the team, hopefully, with some exiting summer signings.

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Sunderland do the double!!

May 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunderland do the double!!

Congratulations to Sunderlands Women who have done the double!! Retaining the Premier League title and thanks to Natalie Gutteridge’s double, aslo winning the Cup with a 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

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‘arry “Not a whealer dealer” Redknapp

May 4, 2012 Leave a comment

It was a bad day yesterday for all Premier League clubs as Harry Redknapp was not appointed England Manager. Why you might ask, and I can tell you it’s not because he’s a better candidate than Hodgson or because Hodgson is rubbish for the job, because I believe Hodgson was the number candidate. However, what this does now mean is ‘arry is still in charge of Tottenham therefore now every transfer target you or your club have dreamed up signing will now go to Spurs.

So for me that Salomon Kalou, Steven Fletcher, Junior Hoillet, Gylfi Sigurdsson will now not only go to Spurs, but they will go for a third of the price and about two weeks after the transfer window has closed, and I warn nobody is safe as I quote Redknapp: “Yeah, were interested in all good players.” Well I suppose that possibly means Newcastle are safe.

In fact maybe that should have been a good enough reason to make Redknapp the number one candidate, to keep the man away from the transfer market. Thinking about it the FA should have 100% appointed Harry, because it would have been a matter of time before we were hearing about Leo Messi’s great, great, great, great etc. etc. Grandfather’s dog, who was English making him eligible for England. I can see it now. How is this possible Harry he’s already been capped for Argentina? Yeah well I don’t deal with all that stuff Mr. Levy does all that.

Never mind FA, maybe next time.

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Speedy James McClean

May 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Love this!!! Courtesy of “TheMackemFolkSinger.”
“My song is about the up and coming winger James McClean who we bought from Derry City for only £350,000. and what a buy he is turning out to be. man is he fast, Ha’way there young man and welcome to top flight football. I think James McClean will be one of the biggest players in the world one day.’He’s Fast, He’s Keen, He’s Speedy James McClean’… This song will stick in your minds for ages.”

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