All posts tagged with: Vito Mannone

Reading Season Preview: Moore to stay?

With the 2018-19 Championship season coming up, The Football Lab spoke to Simeon Pickup (@SimFromBucks) from excellent Reading site The Tilehurst End . You finished 20th last season, 17 places lower than the 2016-17 campaign. Do you put the regression mainly down to bad man management, imbalanced recruitment, injuries or simply not as much luck?… Read more →

Reading Season Preview: Dutch courage

For a long time, Reading favoured safe but uninspiring British managers who led them to, well, safe but uninspiring positions. That changed last summer when they made a bolder choice in appointing Jaap Stam, a legend of the game but one with limited experience in senior management. After last season’s impressive third place finish, did fortune favour… Read more →

Sunderland Season Preview: the re-build

Sunderland’s policy has long been to sign old players in an inflated January market and change manager frequently. They always just about stayed up with that approach, but always with the sense that they were treading water. Last season, those years of short-term thinking caught up with the Black Cats, as supporter Michael Oates –… Read more →

Sunderland v Stoke: stretched squads

Stoke City’s FA Cup defeat is made all the more frustrating by the fact that they fielded more first team players than visitors Wolves. Mark Hughes has come under criticism lately but there should be no blame attached to him for that defeat – he played a strong side and while the opposing goalkeeper made some… Read more →

Clinical Boro win north-east derby

The summer’s Premier League talk has been dominated by the Pep vs Jose hype, but football passions are just as high in the north-east as they are in Manchester. We saw that at the Stadium of Light as Middlesbrough picked up a 2-1 win at Sunderland thanks to a first half brace from Cristhian Stuani.… Read more →