All smiles at Sunderland

August 29, 2012 in Premier League

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As it appears is Sunderland’s way in the Premier League, the team fizzled out towards the back end of last season. Following the hammering Everton dished out to us in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, the Black Cats failed to win any of their last eight games, losing three. It was an almost identikit replica to the end of Steve Bruce’s last season in charge. Contrary to popular belief (well, so Brucey would have you believe anyway), the current Hull City boss was not sacked because of his Geordie roots, but because Sunderland’s form dropped dramatically following the January departure of Judas (Darren Bent), and that form continued well into the beginning of the last campaign. We only won two of our first 14 games. Change was needed, it came in the form of Martin O’Neill, and his impact was instant. Pulling away from the danger zone, Sunderland looked threatening for about ten games before the perennial end of season syndrome kicked in and we ran out of steam.

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Tottenham’s Transfer Policy

August 22, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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Yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur dominated the transfer news. I’d rather have seen them dominate Newcastle on Saturday, but I digress.

Sebastian Bassong was sold to Norwich, which is reasonable. He was clearly having a horrible time, and as much as I hoped he’d stay and thrive under the rule of Andre Villas-Boas, he’s moving to a manager he likes and has worked with before. Best of luck to him: we have five other centre-backs anyway, right?

Cue the accepted bid for Michael Dawson from QPR.

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