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.
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.
At this stage of Jozy Altidore's second season in the Premier League, you have to ponder which of his spells were worse â€” 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 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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.
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 [.
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 [.
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.
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 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.
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.
#SAFC confirm new head coach Gus Poyet http://t.co/UiwV9upWV1 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.
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.
There are so many great stories tonight â€” 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.
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.
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.
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? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
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.
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.
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: â€˜put this behind you and move on' and another thing for it to actually happen.
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 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 [.
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.
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.
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.
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 [.