Come along before the match and join us for drinks and titbits at the Globe, 10 minutes from the ground on foot, said Jim White, a force behind the splendid Swansea fans’ part-ownership of their club and the Swansea supporters’ site SCFC2.
Pete Sixsmith couldn’t make it, Shildon vs Durham City being a long way from the Globe. Monsieur Salut overcame even greater geographical obstacles and made it all the way from Saint-Tropez or thereabouts. He wished he’d been at Shildon’s game until Sixer informed him belatedly it ended in defeat (his previous texted scoreline, 2-2, having been misread as a result). But he did enjoy the craic at the Globe …
This is what each of the old codgers had to say:
Sixer at The Observer:
In the 50 years before I started watching Sunderland, they had four managers. In the 50 years since, they have had 24. Sometimes the past looks a lot better than the present.
Of those 25, only Alan Brown, Bob Stokoe and Peter Reid have given us the merest sniff of long-term success and stability. the likes of Lawrie McMenenmy, Terry Butcher and Howard Wilkinson were unmitigated disasters. And to that latter list, add Paolo Di Canio, who certainly lived up to his ‘management by hand grenade’ image. Fans were confused by him – he had good ideas and passion, but his tactics and team selections were baffling.
And now we move into the Poyet era. he certainly has a clearer picture now of the squad he has inherited from Bruce, O’Neill and Di Canio. We were neat and tidy for 45 minutes without ever threatening, then totally collapsed as soon as Swansea scored. We’re now in serious danger of being cast adrift – and there’s the small matter of the Wear-Tyne derby next week.
As always, we live in hope. But it gets harder and harder to keep believing.
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And M Salut, making his Sunderland debut on returning from France, had this to say at ESPNFC.com:. See the full article – From Saint-Tropez to Swansea to share Poyet’s nightmare – at http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2235?cc=5739
Sad to relate, Bardsley’s unconverted sitter was quickly followed by examples of Swansea cutting open the Sunderland defence even before the first goal went in. By the end of the game, after yet another example of Craig Gardner’s now obligatory penalty box rashness conceded the penalty that put the outcome beyond lingering doubt, Sunderland had been humiliated; at times, in the closing minutes, they even appeared to be playing for time.
And for all that, it might have been so different. The first half was even, with a half chance at both ends and Poyet’s team, with Lee Cattermole a useful midfield toiler, thoroughly deserved to end it on level terms.
The new boss will have gleaned a lot from the manner of the later embarrassing collapse. Indeed, Poyet has already said he saw plenty to give him food for thought. “As a manager you learn a lot from watching your players on the pitch,” he said in post-match comments. “You can see which ones turn it up a gear and which ones put their heads down after conceding a goal.
Look out for the Chapman Report on the match and day out, Salut! Sunderland‘s supersub for Sixer’s Soapbox.