Stadium of Light

Craig Gardner's thunderbolt against Southampton is just one of the contenders for the best goal of the FA Cup fifth round
After a rollercoaster six months, Ellis Short has - rightly or wrongly - decided the Italian was too close to veering off the tracks, and what's needed is a new man to steer things in a far more upwardly direction. While there's still debate to be had over Short's decision, the question now moves from 'what?' or 'why?' to 'who?' Here's a look at some of the realistic - and not so realistic - candidates
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
Sunderland fans spent the better half of a decade dreaming of Martin O'Neill being in charge; after just over a year, it's turned into a nightmare. The Northern Irishman's appointment was supposed to be a storybook wedding; it's ended more like a Hollywood one. There's no happy ending here.
Given Fletcher's importance, it's not particularly good news for the Black Cats, even without taking into consideration that they're sitting just four points above the drop-zone, have won just two league games since the start of the year, are currently are without a win in seven matches and their next four fixtures include Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton.
He may not be mentioned in the same breath as the world's best, and nor should he be. But given he's only 24, there's every chance he could be one day.
Tiote reacts to his red card Sunderland failed to fully make the most of their advantage and struggled to make opportunities
Friday 24 August 2012. Remember the date, it could well be a defining one in the future of Sunderland AFC.
Carlos Cuellar has become the first signing in what could be a busy summer for Martin O'Neill and his Sunderland side.