Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Talking With The Trotters

Talking With The Trotters

My word! Bolton in 6th position and people are raving about your style of football. Are you still pinching yourself when you look at the league table?

Steve:

Pinching myself, rubbing my eyes in disbelief, asking people if it is true. You name it, I've done it! And yet we are still sixth. Whilst people thought that we wouldn't be having any problems with relegation this year, no one saw this coming. And if they say they did, then they are liars. We knew with the style of football that Coyle was using at Burnley that we would move away from the long ball and defensive tactics of Megson, and we saw the beginnings of that in the second half of last season, but every single one of them seem to be reborn.

Many fans were desperate to see Megson go, and I was one of them, how impressed are you with Coyle and his approach to your club?

Steve:

The difference between St Owen Coyle and his predecessor are like and night and day. First, on the field, he has made a player like Elmander into one of the hottest properties in the league when his previous two seasons could only be descibed as tragic. But it is not only Elmander. Davies has proved that he is a great deal more than a bully of a defender, although he still has that. And when a player like Paul Robinson, who I would gladly have surgically removed from the club, is putting in rave performances.

But it is not only the tactics and quality of performance. Megson did nothing to interact with either the supporters or the town, famously saying that we didn't know what we were talking about. Understandably, this upset a fair few of us. As soon as Coyle arrived he attended fans forums, bigged us up and got involved with more than just the playing side. Indeed, Coyle has done more with the fans than any manager since we were in the Premier league.

Where do you realistically think you will end up this season? Above or below us?

Steve:

Tricky on. The league is so topsy turvy, a run of 3 lost games can put you back in mid table. There has been a whisper of European football, but that has been quickly nixed by Coyle. I think in the grand scheme of things we'd still take top 10. Where we come in relation to SAFC is anybody's guess.

What do you think of Sunderland's season so far? Any player impressed you?

Steve:

The day I ever thought Titus Bramble would impress me was the day I thought they'd cart me off to the funny farm, but he has come on a great deal since signing. However, the biggest player to impress me has been Gyan. I know he doesn't start every game, but he has scored some good goals and always plays with a smile on his face.

Who has been the surprise player for you this season and can you improve any part of your team?

Steve:

The biggest surprise has been the form of Elmander, but for £8.2m, he had to come good sometime, surely! The biggest find cost us nothing. Stuart Holden has been immense in midfield and works well with Muamba. Holden covers every blade but, due to the exploits of Davies and Elmander, plus the continual talk about Cahill, has kind of snuck under the rader. After his goal against Blackburn last weekend, that may change soon.

Who would you have from Sunderland in your team?

Steve:

Right now, I wouldn't want to replace any of them, but Jordan Henderson can come and warm our bench if he likes!

What are your feelings on the Stadium of Light and fans when you come up here?

Steve:

A'll admit, Sunderland, either at Roker or SoL, is one of the places I haven't been to. I underatand it's a good place to watch football but is missing that certain something that made it Roker Park, just like the Reebok isn't Burden Park.

The Reebok can be a bit quiet at times, but away games are always raucous, whether they be baiting the manager (Megson) or praising him (Coyle). Of course, this time last year we were taking about 40-50 away fans. Now we are selling away allocations all the time, talk about fickle fans!

Predictions?

Steve:

I'd like to say that we will win, but I think these are two evenly matched teams. So I'll go for 2-2, because we can score, but haven't kept a clean sheet since the opening day.


Thanks Steve for taking your time to answer our questions.

Merry Xmas from Vital Sunderland



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Gary Johnson
Date:Friday December 17 2010
Time: 1:27PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Joshua v Klitschko?

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Moyes Doubts The Club Has Good Enough Players.

After Sunderland slipped to another defeat, this time at home to Crystal Palace, it seems that the penny has dropped for David Moyes.

McNair In Team Of The Round (26/9/16)

Sunderland are represented in the latest League Cup team of the round that has been selected after this week's action.

Stats: Black Cats v Crystal Palace

All the stats from Black Cats (2) vs (3) Crystal Palace, Stadium of Light, 24/9/16 Att: 38,941

Sunderland vs Crystal Palace: Team News From SoL.

Sunderland take on Crystal Palace this afternoon at the Stadium of Light. This is how the two sides line up for the start of the game.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Palace (h)
Suggested By: Alvin Stardust
Pickford1%
Manquillo0%
Kone0%
Djilobodji0%
van Aanholt 0%
Ndong 37%
Kirchoff 0%
Cattermole12%
Januzaj0%
Defoe50%
Pienaar0%
Watmore0%
McNair 0%
Anichebe0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 12:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.francis batter5
2.idle eric4
3.Buster Ballsack3
4.The Flasher2
5.Gregory Pecker2
6.acid man2
7.Dirty Dave1