The mark a of a good team is to play piss poor and win, so there's still a way to go, but you can feel the turn around gradually occurring.
Sunderland's GD for the last handful of games must be somewhere around zero, which is solid mid table stuff; just got to claw back the deficit in the first third of the season, which unfortunately means a few more wins.
I still don't get the mentality at Sunderland. Appears to have been 'god given right to beat Cardiff'. But Cardiff, like Hull, Fulham and others before, were not singing from the same hymn sheet. A managerless team was always going to try and go out and prove something, especially with the supporters down there truly loving their ex manager.
Sunderland appear to accept that a top table clash is going to be a serious proposition and play better for it, but they still underestimate the lower teams. Those lower teams appear to know that it's £100 million cost to go down and fight like they mean to stay up (usually).
Fulham look fucked on thet last result, but they've got the same distance as everyone else to go. Jol, I think of as a bit of a bruiser, but he has experience of keeping teams up, so the decision to get rid seams a little premature.
Cardiff look like a team who are game for the relegation fight. Tan has the resources and desire to stay up. I see Sven Eriksson mentioned as a possibility - a man sneered at by many, but on paper actually has a fairly reasonable record (even with England). It'd be an odd choice for sure and I wonder whether or not it could work. It might be a step too far (by Tan) for most of the fans though.
So, it's six down and fourteen to go... Premiership managers, I mean. And there's no reason why 20 would be the limit... Excellent entertainment (with or without the football). Whattalarf.