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Connor Wickham Leading Sunderland’s Fight to Try to Keep Club in Premier League

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Four years ago, Connor Wickham won the Golden Ball as the best player in the 2010 UEFA U-17 Championship. The striker followed that up with an outstanding year at Ipswich Town, and earned himself a £7.4million transfer to Premier League side Sunderland at the ripe age of 18.

Seemingly, Wickham had the world at his feet and would be the next great English striker.

Chelsea v Sunderland: Three points, top of the league and pressure back on Liverpool.

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This evening, Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team have a chance to put huge pressure on Liverpool by beating Sunderland and moving top of the Premier League by a single point before Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow. Sunderland is as big as any other game we have played this season.

Take our title challenge that looked like being over with defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, take Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record in the Premier League and take current form into consideration and you would have this down on paper as a Chelsea win.

Gus Poyet Analyzes Why Jozy Altidore Has Flopped at Sunderland: Nightly Soccer Report

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At this stage of Jozy Altidore's second season in the Premier League, you have to ponder which of his spells were worse — his season at Hull City or this current season with Sunderland. The young American striker has only scored one goal in the league for the Black Cats.

Up until this point, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been incredibly patient and supportive of Altidore, but the striker paid the price for his poor performances of late by not being included in the League Cup Final squad against Manchester City.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: ‘I hope Liverpool’s Luis Suarez gets ill tonight’

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is wishing illness on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the two sides. Given Suarez's outstanding form this season, the Black Cats boss is hoping that he won't be able to take to field against his relegation-threatened team. Poyet is hoping his Uruguayan compatriot is in for a [.

Should He Stay or Should He Go – His Name is Jozy Altidore

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Sunderland put on a great showing this past Saturday as they beat Newcastle United 3-0, creating separation between them and the relegation zone as they moved from 17thup to 14th place in the Premier League table. He did not score or have an assist, but Jozy Altidore played great and played a key role in Sunderland's attack.

Altidore opens up about struggles at Sunderland

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Forwards live off goals, and goals have been hard to come by this season for Jozy Altidore.

The Sunderland forward's struggles this season have been well documented, scoring just two goals in all competitions and seeing the manager who signed him at the English Premier League club get sacked after just five games.

Sunderland manager Poyet stands by Altidore

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet reiterated his faith in the struggling Jozy Altidore, despite the American's troubles in front of goal.

Altidore, who was brought in by previous manager Paolo Di Canio, has struggled to find the back of the net this season, having scored only two goals in all competitions.

6 Reasons How Sunderland Were Able to Defeat Manchester United in the Capital One Cup

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Most neutral fans of English Football must have a smile on their face tonight for the Black Cats after Sunderland defeated Manchester United on penalty kicks to reach the Capital One Cup final. Passionate, long-suffering Black Cats fans from the Northeast of England will see their side return to a Wembley cup final for the first time since 1992.


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Sunderland wants to escape the bottom relegation zone now with the transfer window officially opened; it is their chance to bring in fresh arrivals that can boost their chances on surviving another season in the Premier League.

Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso joined Sunderland on a loan deal that will see him playing for the Premier League club until the end of the season and the Spanish defender is the first signing of Gus Poyet as the manager of Sunderland since being appointed as the head coach of the club back in October of 2013.

Sunderland v Chelsea: De Bruyne, Mikel and Ba to start?

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Tonight as part of a massive week for Chelsea, we make the long trip up north to take on Gus Poyet's Sunderland. After Sunday's win against Southampton, how many changes if any should Jose Mourinho make? You pick the starting eleven!

I believe that Jose Mourinho will make at least three changes to the side that started against Southampton with one being an enforced change due to the injury to Oscar that rules him out of this one.

Video: Blast From The Past – Gus Poyet’s Chelsea screamer vs Sunderland, 99/00

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Chelsea gear up to face Sunderland in the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening, and the majority of the Blues faithful will reserve a special round of applause for the Black Cats boss, Gustavo Poyet.

When Will Jozy Altidore Begin Scoring for Sunderland in the EPL?

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet spoke to the Sunderland Echo newspaper this week about his big American striker Jozy Altidore:

"He has many good qualities but the one that tends to get overlooked is that he has an unbelievable shot on him – so powerful.

"I still can't believe he is only 24, he hits the ball with such power and we have to use that power to best effect.

Sunderland Situation Similar To Before April Game

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It's a little strange that Sunderland's situation at the moment is very like what it was back on April 14th, when they surprisingly beat an inept Newcastle side 3-0 at St. James' Park for one of their biggest wins ever over Newcastle away from home. Gus Poyet first derby game as the new Sunderland [.

David Vaughan reveals Sunderland players have been gagged over Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's players have been banned from talking about former manager Paolo Di Canio's time at the club. As Gus Poyet was unveiled as the Black Cats' new manager, midfielder David Vaughan revealed that the players have been told not to discuss Di Canio's brief stint in charge. With various rumours about Di Canio's interesting disciplinary [.

Sunderland Make Risky Move In Hiring Gus Poyet

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Struggling Sunderland have hired Gus Poyet with the responsibility of securing their Premier League survival, announcing that they have appointed him as manager on a two-year contract.

Poyet who previously worked at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion, succeeds Paolo Di Canio, whose seven-month tenure left the north-east club at the foot of the table.

New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: ‘Don’t compare me to Paolo Di Canio’

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Newly appointed Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he shouldn't be compared to previous boss Paolo Di Canio. Speaking at his official unveiling, the former Brighton manager was asked if his first task was to prove he was different to his predecessor. He said: "Firstly, I think we are all different. I don't think you can [.

Why Gus Poyet is the Ideal Selection As Sunderland’s Newest Manager

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The successor to the throne of Paolo Di Canio's reign has finally been found. Gus Poyet, the former Brighton boss, has replaced the Italian. After a faltering start to the Premier League campaign, Di Canio was sacked only after five games. His replacement brings with him Brighton backroom team of Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Sunderland appoints Gus Poyet as new manager

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The beginning of the English Premier League season hasn't gone well for Sunderland and Jozy Altidore. The Black Cats sit in last place in the league table and parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canioafter five weeks, zero wins and one point in the league.

Sunderland Appoint Gus Poyet as Head Coach

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Sunderland have unveiled Gus Poyet as their new head coach, replacing Paolo Di Canio at the Premier League's bottom club.

Poyet has been handed a two-year deal by the Black Cats, who have picked up just one point in their first seven league games this season.

The Uruguayan is Sunderland's sixth manager in five years, and was previously with Brighton before being sacked earlier this year for gross misconduct.

Gus Poyet: Problems and promise at Sunderland

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Gus Poyet played for Chelsea and Spurs before going into coaching under Dennis Wise and Juande Ramos. James Boyes.

Gus Poyet prepares to launch himself as a top flight manager at Sunderland, though the popular Uruguayan steps into an unenviable situation.

Sunderland Appoint Gus Poyet As The Club’s New Manager

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Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their new team manager.

Poyet replaces Paolo Di Canio and caretaker manager Kevin Ball in the job at the Stadium of Light. The Uruguayanwill be joined at the Stadium of Light by his backroom staff Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Poyet has agreed a two year contract at Sunderland and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.

Gus Poyet Officially Sworn In As New Sunderland Manager

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It'd been in the pipeline for a while but, as of this morning, Sunderland have officially appointed Gus Poyet as their new manager replacing Paolo Di Canio, who was binned a week or so ago for being...well, a bit silly really.

The former Brighton boss joins The Black Cats on a two-year deal, thus becoming the club's sixth manager in five years.

Sunderland appoint Gus Poyet as their new manager

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#SAFC confirm new head coach Gus Poyet Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) October 8, 2013 Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their manager. The former Brighton boss has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light. He replaces Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month after a poor start to the season.

Monday Evening Ticker: Poyet reportedly nearing Sunderland job; Januzaj rejects Belgium call up; and more

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Following more than two weeks of deliberations, Sunderland owner Ellis Short looks to finally have his new manager.

According to reports in England, Gus Poyet has accepted an offer to become the next Sunderland manager, taking over the last-place club in the Premier League on a three-year contract.

Sunderland Set to Announce Gus Poyet as Their New Manager Within Next 24 Hours: Daily Soccer Report

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Sunderland are set to announce Gus Poyet as their new manager within the next 24 hours, according to reports.

The Uruguayan is favored to replace former manager Paolo Di Canio. Poyet previously managed Brighton from 2009-2013, where he had a 44% win percentage and helped promote Brighton from League One to the Championship.

Sunderland Hold Talks With Rene Meulensteen About Replacing Paolo Di Canio: Nightly Soccer Report

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There are so many great stories tonight — AFC Wimbledon could be returning to the home where Wimbledon FC played (Plough Lane). Plus The New York Times writes about the NBC coverage that we've been raving about for two months. Nice of them to catch up!

But the main news headline tonight is that Sunderland have opened talks with former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen over the vacant manager job.

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Gus Poyet is Sunderland’s Number One Target to Replace Di Canio As Manager

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Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has emerged as the frontrunner to become the next manager of Sunderland Football Club.

According toThe Guardiannewspaper, Poyet has had positive talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short. However a decision isn't expected to be reached until at least 48 hours, and isn't expected until next week.

Why the Time is Right for Roberto Di Matteo to Return to Management in the Premier League

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Despite sources in Italy saying that Roberto Di Matteo may not be interested in the Sunderland job, Sunderland's Director of Football Roberto De Fanti is recommending Di Matteo for the manager position, but Ellis Short and the Sunderland staff have their work cut out for them if they want to hire the former Chelsea manager as the man to replace Paolo Di Canio.

Who Will Succeed Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland Manager?

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Paolo Di Canio became the first managerial casualty after he was shown the door on Monday. The Sunderland manager was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light after a dismal start to the season saw his side floundering at the bottom of the table with just 1 point in 5 games.

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In case you might have wondered...

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So I have done some poking around, as I tend to do. A couple folks who would know have assured me that there is no great hidden story to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet leaving Jozy Altidore out of his Capital One Cup final. He was not injured, there has been no mystery spat with a coach, no message handed down and no punishment for any particular field transgression(s) against Arsenal.

The first clue...

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Feel free to correct me if I am taking this the wrong way, but it almost sounds as if Sunderland boss Gus Poyet decided today's Capital One Cup final was the perfect time to send Jozy Altidore a message by dropping the striker. "I want us to move on in the right way and I will demand it. But it is easy for me to say: ‘put this behind you and move on' and another thing for it to actually happen.

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Pardew Refuses To Talk About Cabaye – But Why Should He?

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You can criticize Alan Pardew all you like about his coaching, and for being completely out-coached by Gus Poyet today, for the fourth successive time, but let's not go after Pardew for Yohan Cabaye's departure- that was all the doing of owner Mike Ashley and his Director of Football Joe Kinnear and Mike pulls [.

Alan Pardew – We Struggled – We Have To Take Stock

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Alan Pardew was out-coached today by Gus Poyet and it's becoming a habit as Alan has lost as Newcastle manager the last four times he's played against a Gus Poyet side so we are not looking forward to next season playing Sunderland especially after the shambles we witnessed at St. James'Park today [.

Crystal Palace and the Premier League Would Lose A Good Manager If Ian Holloway Is Sacked

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Much has been made about the reported meeting between Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish and manager Ian Holloway following Monday night's game at Selhurst Park. Palacesuffered a 4-1 defeatto Fulham thanks in large part to two stunning first-half goals from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell.

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Eden Hazard was outstanding last night and delivered the kind of performance we all know he is capable of. Gus Poyet described him as unplayable and Jose Mourinho hailed his performance but I want to know, just how good YOU think he can be!

If there is anyone who looks so comfortable and at ease with the ball at their feet it's Hazard.

Shit Lookalike: Gus Poyet & The Monkey That Got Lost In Ikea

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We knew Gus' tiny head popping out of the top of his over-sized jacket reminded us of someone or something; last night, during Match of the Day, it clicked...

Got a Shit Lookalike for Pies? Email it to us ( or Tweet us (@waatpies) and we'll happily give it the once over.

Manchester City News: Citizens Projected Lineup Against Sunderland

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Manchester City continue to turn around several poor results from earlier in the campaign and they will be hoping three points for themselves at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have struggled all season but their change in management with Gus Poyet now calling the shots could see them be a more assembled bunch when City come to the North East.

Should Professional Gamblers Own Football Clubs?

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When Is A Goal Not A Goal? When The Betting Market Says So!

Last night, Watford's Fernando Forestieri was denied a goal at Brighton when the ball had clearly crossed the line.
The "mistake" by referee Keith Hill prevented Watford taking all three points from the match.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola was not a happy man: ""Everyone has seen it apart from the referee and the officials.

Video: Levski Sofia fans force coach Ivaylo Petev to strip at his first press conference

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Gus Poyet can be grateful that there was no widespread backlash against his appointment by Sunderland fans. On the same day the Uruguayan boss was unveiled by the Black Cats, Bulgarian side Levski Sofia held a first press conference for new coach Ivaylo Petev. Levski fans are furious at the appointment, claiming Petev is a [.