The international break is not something that managers seem to approve of and this is becoming evident as each season passes by and more coaches are revealing their disgust.
The main problem about the international break is that the players have to leave their clubs for a few weeks and practice as well as play friendly matches with their respective national football team. There is one huge dilemma that the players experience when playing with their national sides and it’s the fact that injury is something which seems to always affect them.
Sunderland secured a surprising 2-1 victory over Manchester United on February 13th and Sam Allardyce took the chance to express just how important it was for him and his team to win the game and it represented more than just 3 points.
Sunderland will be taking on Liverpool this weekend hoping to take advantage of the opposition’s misfortune with regard to injuries.
This past season of the Premier League was an underwhelming one for Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell as the midfielder struggled trying to stay fit as he was plagued with consistent injuries which kept him out of the pitch and in the sidelines for a significantly long period of time
The opening day of the Premier League season was a dreadful one for Sunderland as they lost 4-2 against Leicester City and the Dutch manager stated that he is worried about the recent struggles that his team has been displaying.
Sunderland have managed to persuade Dick Advocaat to return to the club as their manager just a few weeks after he had given his resignation.
The former Netherlands and Ajax coach stated that he no longer had the age to remain as a Premier League or even a club coach. He intended to finish his managerial career at 70 years of age.Advocaat had just managed a stunning campaign with Sunderland. After being brought in as a replacement for Gus Poyet, he had only a couple of matches in order to turn around the campaign and retain the club’s Premier League status.
Sunderland quickly returned from the high of beating Newcastle in the derby after they suffered a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Crystal Palace during the weekend.
As a result, the club still remain with fears of relegation. They will be hoping to pick up some points away from home when they take on Stoke City after a 12 day gap. This is an extended gap that could help Sunderland prepare well for the match, but manager Dick Advocaat has already come up with a list of excuses. He thinks that his Sunderland team will not be able to compete with the physicality offered by Stoke.
Sunderland’s Gus Poyet is under intense pressure after being knocked out of the FA Cup as his team lost against Bradford City with a final scoreboard that displayed 2-0.
Things aren’t going any better for them in the Premier League due to their lack of securing victories on a consistent basis.
With around 4 months left in the Premier League, clubs and managers are attempting to end this season on a high note by sealing important victories and points in the final stages of the league.
Sunderland claimed a surprising point at the Etihad stadium last season and it proved to be very crucial in the club staying in the Premier League.
In fact, they have had a very good record against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City both at home and away from the Stadium of Light.
There have been a number of managerial changes in the Premier League club, Sunderland in the last few years.
Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet are all of the managers or head coaches that have taken charge of the squad of Sunderland since March of 2013.
Each one of these managers have arrived to the Stadium of Light with different methods and philosophies but one thing that some of them have in common is in their plan of changing the squad and attempting to increase the quality of the team by signing a large amount of players.