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Barnesy’s Blog: Jack Clarke is simply unplayable!

"There’s no question that Sunderland are a work in progress, but a work that is engrossing, enjoyable and exhilarating to watch grow," writes BBC’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: 20 years of Barnes and Benno, Sunderland’s longest running commentary team!

Instead of talking about the most burning topic on the lips of Sunderland supporters - strikers - Barnesy’s decided this month to chat about something closer to his heart... 20 years of Barnes and Benno!

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Barnesy’s Blog: Did anyone foresee Sunderland experiencing such a season?

In his latest Roker Report blog, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes offers his thoughts on how the 2022/2023 season has unfolded, and why the future on Wearside is looking bright!

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Barnesy’s Blog: Is Sunderland’s model strong enough to overcome unexpected setbacks?

In his latest Roker Report blog, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes offers his thoughts on the Stoke defeat, and whether Sunderland’s way of operating is capable of being modified when injuries strike

Barnesy’s Blog: Looking ahead - what could be on the cards when January rolls around?

BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes is back with his monthly RR column - and he’s musing on the future of Scotland forward Ross Stewart, and what lies ahead for the club in January.

Barnesy’s Blog: “Tony Mowbray instils belief - Sunderland are in safe hands!”

"These are exciting times. It’s also great to have another Bennett(e) on board… is this the mark of another new era at Sunderland AFC?" - match commentator Nick Barnes is back, having his say on Roker Report!

Barnesy’s Blog: Revealed - The story behind Nick’s famous Sunderland matchbooks!

Clive Tyldesley’s recent appearance on the RR Podcast inspired Nick Barnes to tell his own story in this month’s blog - just how does he put together his Sunderland matchbooks?!

Barnesy’s Blog: The manager’s “ritual jousting” with the media begins once again!

The fun and games are about to get underway once again and BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator gives us a rundown of how we’re looking ahead of the new season.

Barnesy’s Blog: “How big’s your drawing board?” - Getting to know Alex Neil...

What’s it like having to interview the Sunderland gaffer in front of a crowd after games? Let Nick Barnes tell you...

Barnesy’s Blog: Where is the Leadership at Sunderland AFC?

"Stop acting like the Wizard of Oz fearing someone is about to pull back the curtain" says BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator, who has some choice words for those running the club.

Barnesy’s Blog: Looking optimistically towards the rest of Sunderland’s season - it’s all good!

"You may be able to tell I’m in a positive mood. I honestly see few reasons not to be!" writes BBC’s Sunderland Match Commentator Nick Barnes, who is optimistic about the month ahead for Sunderland!

Barnesy’s Blog: Lee Johnson knows he’s under pressure - but, now he must react to recent form

"It is easy to call for Lee Johnson’s head, but we must also remember we bought into the plan and applauded the succession of youth" writes BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: “I’m loving it this season - the optimism I voiced last month has not dimmed!”

"This football club is back on track and it is big enough and proud enough to stand alone and carve its own niche in the football firmament", says BBC Radio Newcastle’s SAFC match commentator, Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: So far, so good for Sunderland... even Benno has a smile on his face!

"The club is on the up. The mood is good. It’s been a long time coming but now it is good, let’s build for a brighter future" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: Reacting to Kristjaan Speakman’s interview & the state of Sunderland’s squad!

"It won’t happen overnight, but there are some blossoming signs, even if there are still areas of concern. However, with a club the size of Sunderland, that is unavoidable", writes BBC Newcastle’s SAFC match commentator Nick Barnes.

Nick Barnes: “I’m still boundless in my optimism for Sunderland’s promotion chances!”

"Before the Peterborough the match I was boundless in my optimism, and although it may fly in the face of the current mood, I still am" writes BBC’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes in his latest Roker Report blog.

Barnesy’s Blog: Sunderland owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has transformed the mood on Wearside

"The team is thriving and Dreyfus, with an honest well-meaning letter to the fans, has reinvigorated the club with an air of quiet confidence" writes BBC’s Sunderland AFC match commentator, Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: 2020 has reached a new nadir now the coronavirus is spiralling out of control

BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes hasn’t had a Boxing Day off in almost three decades, but, with the pandemic threatening the future of the EFL once again, it’s not something he’s celebrating.

Barnesy’s Blog: “The season is underway... but not as we know it!”

In his latest blog for Roker Report, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes discusses the beginning of a strange season, Sunderland’s decent start and the questions fans demanded he ask manager Phil Parkinson!

Barnesy’s Blog: “Sunderland have been handicapped by not having an out-and-out striker!”

In his latest Roker Report blog, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes ponders the situation Sunderland find themselves in with their strikers, and whether Phil Parkinson will experiment with his forward line in a bid to win promotion.

Barnesy’s Blog: There’s a lot riding on Sunderland’s upcoming games; do they have what it takes?

"With the improved fitness levels and the lack of Trophy involvement (which may yet hamper Portsmouth) I don’t expect to see Sunderland fall away as they did last season" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: Why I believe Sunderland’s owners must sell up so that the club can prosper

"What is more important is to take the long view, and I believe the time is right for change if Sunderland AFC is to prosper and compete where it belongs" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes, stating his case for why he believes the current owners need to sell up.

Barnesy’s Blog: “It hurts to hear the anger and frustrations of the Sunderland supporters”

I can’t remember a time in all the twenty-seven years I’ve been a commentator, at any club, when I’ve felt such a disconnect between the supporters, the club and the manager as there seems to be at the moment.

Barnesy’s Blog: Sunderland supporters just want their club back

"Sunderland’s supporters just want their football club back - back where it belongs, but at the moment wanting it back and getting it back seem to be two very separate longings" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: The club need to do more to take the pressure off Sunderland manager Jack Ross

"The club can play its part in changing the mood and the mind-set, but for that it needs strong leadership and the manager, whoever it may be, needs someone who can take those pressures off their shoulders" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes in his latest monthly Roker Report blog.

Barnesy’s Blog: “Sunderland should re-think how they use Aiden McGeady - the team will benefit!”

"Not for one minute am I saying we don’t play with McGeady. Far from it. What I am saying is that Sunderland need to use him more intelligently" writes BBC Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: Evidence would suggest that it’s not all doom & gloom at Sunderland this summer!

"I cannot see why Sunderland should fail to build on last season", says BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes, who believes that there’s plenty to be positive about ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

Barnesy’s Blog: “So.... Failure?! Jack Ross has not failed at Sunderland!”

"Jack Ross should be applauded for taking a team to the brink of promotion despite the adversities the club has faced since he arrived" writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: The criticisms of Jack Ross from a minority of Sunderland fans confounds me!

After criticisms of Jack Ross coincided with a minor fan ‘altercation’ at Kings Cross station with the Sunderland manager, BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes feels compelled to defend him and offer up a common sense explanation of just how good a job he’s doing in charge.

Barnesy’s Blog: Sunderland ARE a good team, but now they must prove they’re better than the rest

"Jack Ross was strident before the Barnsley match that Sunderland are a good team and, when they play well, are the best in the division. Now the time has come to deliver on that assertion", writes BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes.

Barnesy’s Blog: Sunderland’s football won’t always be pretty, but stick with Jack Ross - he’s the man

BBC Newcastle’s Nick Barnes is back with his latest Roker Report column - and he’s reflecting on comments made about Sunderland’s ‘reserved’ style which, while not always pretty, is still getting us results.

Nick Barnes: Jack Ross has been Sunderland’s best signing & is the man to lead them to promotion

Jack Ross’ exemplary handling of the circus of a Checkatrade Trophy tie shows another side to an ever-improving and pragmatic manager.

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