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Sunderland's progress to the brink of survival
For the third consecutive year, Sunderland will enter its
penultimate game of the season with the chance of securing survival. The
relegation rollercoaster was quite swiftly reduced to two clubs from three as two of the Black
Cats, arch-rivals Newcastle, an...

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The Pirates' April Success & Patience at the Plate
The Pittsburgh Pirates have baseball’s best
offense in April  – and they did it with patience. Pirates hitters have combined
for a .378 OBP so far this season, leading the league by 14 points, as no team
has seen more pitches than the Bucs (3,974). The team...

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It's time to change Sunderland's approach in the transfer market
Deciphering Sunderland’s long term strategy is becoming increasingly difficult, as there doesn’t appear to be one. This summer has continued along the lines of others, with the club looking for quick fixes and the only real investment coming in attacking ar...

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Why Sunderland should not be surprised by the Leicester defeat
Losing on the opening day of the season is always disappointing but the way Sunderland lost against Leicester was beyond that, as the score line could have been much worse. However, not a lot that happened in this match was either new or unexpected – it jus...

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In defence of Wickham's scoring record (as well as other Sunderland strikers)
Crystal Palace have agreed a fee reportedly in between £8
and £10 million to sign Sunderland’s Connor Wickham. Rumours of a striker
departure have been present all summer, with Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher
both linked away from the club, which was partl...

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In support of the Sporting Director model
In a recent fans survey conducted by the Sunderland Echo , over 70% of fans responded stating that they did not believe that the club requires a director of football. It’s unsurprising that many fans are unhappy given the back-to-back late season revivals t...

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Big Data Baseball and the use of statistics in football
I recently finished reading Travis Sawchick’s Big Data Baseball ; as both a fan of the
Pittsburgh Pirates and having an interest in data in sport, it was something
that I was always going to enjoy – and I would label it a must read for anyone
with an intere...

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What should Sunderland's aim be next season?
The appointment of Dick Advocaat has likely raised expectations at Sunderland. He joins the club with a strong CV, which, coupled with his success over the final nine games of the season to keep them in the Premier League, has both players and fans both hop...

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Can Sunderland learn from recent summers to progress in 2015/16?
I have looked back at the last couple of summer transfer windows in recent posts, reviewing the players signed by sporting directors Roberto De Fanti and Lee Congerton . In terms of key players acquired over the last two summers, Costel Pantilimon certainly...

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Looking back at Sunderland's 2014 summer transfer window
The hiring of Dick Advocaat allows Lee Congerton to kick start Sunderland’s summer. I have long been an advocate of signing players to suit the manager's/head coach’s system , rather than the square-peg-round-holes approach of recent years. A 38 game season...
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