Tag Archives: Gus Poyet

If Poyet cannot make Sunderland less turgid, can he make turgid work?

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Amid all the gloom that has descended over the collective support base of Sunderland AFC, the one sentence that some will have found hardest to stomach after the narrow escape from a fifth successive defeat against Hull was Gus Poyet’s statement, in his post-match e-mail reproduced here: “I think we played well.” Some of us […]

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Wrinkly Pete, a fan bound for Hull, on these troubled Sunderland times

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Peter Lynn is as wearied by events as Nic Wiseman, but heads for Hull full of measured hope, rational thoughts about the impact of events on SAFC and abundant pride in the Sunderland travelling army he’ll be part of at the KC stadium … (more…)

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Pure Poyetry: Defending the defensive but defending too much against Man Utd

Jake: 'i didn't expect much - and got nothing'

Malcolm Dawson writes….Sixer and I saw SAFC concede twice today and have a man sent off but they not only maintained but in fact strengthened their title challenge. No I haven’t gone mad – we were at Dean Street where Shildon scored two cracking goals after twice going behind against Northern League leaders West Auckland. […]

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Pure Poyetry Sunderland 0 West Brom 0: Gus happy with the players’ response

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Malcolm Dawson writes….Well it was either the Stadium of Light or Ironworks Road, Tow Law for me today. £25 v £2 a probable 0-0 draw or the certainty of goals. No contest in the end and here I am grabbing a quick cuppa just back from the match, about to set off for an evening […]

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Gus sends us all a letter, and there hasn’t been a game.

John McCormick

John McCormick writes: There have been quite a few posts forecasting doom on this site recently, and some quite critical comments relating to our manager. It’s not just his team selection, strategy and tactics which have been questioned but also his communication, with the press, the fans, maybe the players. In particular, his post match […]

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Pure Poyetry from Bradford: ‘they tried’

'Is that my bus out of here that I see yonder?'

M Salut says: I wanted to say something directly to Gus Poyet but am so angry, especially on behalf of 4.200+ loyal souls who went to Bradford and endured the dross offered by the handsomely paid men undeservedly wearing a proud club’s shirt, that I leave it to him … (more…)

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Pure Poyetry: QPR goalie’s better than our whole team (and we’re not up for challenges)

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

  John McCormick  writes: I wrote an upbeat introduction to the weekend’s e-mail from the manager. Today, I can’t repeat the feat. I’ve travelled across Liverpool to lose a game of chess, which meant the team lost the match, and while taking solace at the bar and watching the final minutes of an apparently entertaining […]

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Pure Poyetry: Estoy contento, pero no estoy feliz, y como estas, Fidel?

John McCormick  writes: How did we do at Swansea last season? I, and everyone here, will no doubt have forgotten, or will no doubt want to. So, with today providing a measure of our progress how do you feel? Personally, I’m happy. But is our manager? Let’s see what he says as M Salut shares […]

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Fulham v Sunderland Guess the Score: positive approach or park the bus?

Guess the Score

Malcolm Dawson writes……a return to a flat back four, a midfield three and two forwards in support of our new striker was an encouraging early sign on Saturday. That the boys looked to go forward more so. The formation actually gave the fullbacks space and for the first time in ages we looked to take […]

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Pure Poyetry – Sunderland 2 Burnley 0; Electric, not shocking

Jake lets us know the  score

  John McCormick  writes: Setting this up on the Friday before the game I was wondering how we would do. I did think we’d win but I decided not to enter the “guess the score” rather than risk a jinx. Did Gus also think we’d win? Did he decide to risk anything? You won’t find […]

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We almost forgot. Moyes was still manager when the Chapman Report visited Chelsea

not giving up

Robert Chapman, an ever-welcome stand-in for Pete Sixsmith when the Sixer considers a game unworthy of his presence, was at […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

Sixer'sSoapbox(featured image)

John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire […]

Moyes out? He is now

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Monsieur Salut writes: as perhaps the least surprising outcome of the worst Sunderland season since, well, the last worst Sunderland […]

End of season reviews 2016-17 (1): ‘hire and fire’ is the Lars word

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

STOP PRESS – Lars submitted this piece well before the season end, before the Arsenal game in fact. It has […]

Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them […]

Moyes on the boys v Chelsea: players came in and acquitted themselves well

Moyes On The Boys(featured image)

A dire end to a dire season. In the end Chelsea strolled past us. David Moyes says in his post-match […]