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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 27 Jul 22:16

Sunderland defender Adam Matthews set to rejoin Bristol City on season-long loan 

Sunderland defender Adam Matthews is set to rejoin Bristol City on a season-long loan. Matthews was signed by Sunderland from Celtic last summer for £2million.

Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 27 Jul 21:20

Dijon 2-3 Sunderland: Fabio Borini scores decisive goal from the spot as David Moyes wins second friendly

David Moyes continued his unbeaten start as Sunderland manager, with goals from Joel Asoro, Wahbi Khazri and Fabio Borini earning the Black Cats another pre-season victory in France.

Sunderland – 27 Jul 13:13

Man Utd and Liverpool missing from EFL Trophy draw

Manchester United and Liverpool were among a number of Premier League clubs who were missing from the EFL Trophy group-stage draw on Wednesday after rejecting invitations from the Football League to include their academy sides in the revamped competition.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham all opted against taking part, but the inclusion of Leicester and Chelsea will be considered a boost by the Football League.

It was announced in June that, in an attempt to refresh the competition formerly known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, 16 ‘category one’ academy outfits would be invited to join the 48 sides from League One and League Two.

But a number of teams initially invited passed up the chance to be involved, with fixture clashes and the number of games already played by academy sides among the reasons believed to have been given for the rejections.

Recently-relegated Newcastle joined 15 Premier League sides in being invited but also declined the chance to be involved, with the Football League extending the invitation to other category one academies in order of where the first team finished in the league standings last season.

The five teams who decided not to enter therefore saw their offers given instead to Norwich, Aston Villa, Brighton, Derby and Wolves and, with Villa deciding against taking part, Reading were also welcomed.

The reformatted tournament will see 64 teams split into 16 groups of four, on a north/south regional basis, each containing an invited club and they will play each other once, with the invited club playing one game at home.

The draw, made to little fanfare on Twitter, saw Chelsea grouped with Swindon, Exeter, Oxford.

Leicester will face Sheffield United, Walsall and Football League newcomers Grimsby while Everton meet Bolton, Cheltenham and Blackpool.

One of Coventry, Wycombe or Northampton will get an early look at West Ham’s new Olympic Stadium home, or London Stadium as it will be known.

Swansea landed an all-Welsh tie with Newport as well as games against AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth while Southampton take on Charlton, Colchester and Crawley.

Stoke were grouped with Bradford, Morecambe and Bury, West Brom face Luton, Millwall and Gillingham and Middlesbrough will meet Scunthorpe, Cambridge and Shrewsbury.

Teams will earn three points for a win and a point for a draw, but if the scores are tied after 90 minutes an extra point will go to the winner of a penalty shoot-out.

The group stages will start in the last week of August, with the knock-out rounds beginning at the start of December and the final on April 2, 2017.

The top two from each group will then proceed to a regional knock-out round of 32, with the rounds of 16, eight and four being free draws.

These will all be single ties and will be settled by penalties after 90 minutes, although that may change for the semi-final and Wembley final.

Newcastle said they rejected the offer, having been told from the outset they would not be involved and having therefore made other plans.

“The club was initially informed by the Premier League that it was not going to be invited to compete in the restructured competition,” Newcastle said in a statement.

“Accordingly, the club started to make plans with regard to the development squad for the coming season. These plans included the intention to loan out some of the players who are currently part of the under-23 squad, rather than allowing them to compete in the Premier League 2.

“Changes to the loan system, which come into effect this season, mean all loans must now be completed on a window-to-window basis, with emergency and youth loans no longer permissible. These regulations are a contributory factor to the club’s decision.

“Though Newcastle United did subsequently receive an invite to compete in the EFL Trophy, the club feels their younger players would be better served by going out on loan and gaining experience over an extended period in a first-team environment.

“Although Newcastle United supports the principle of the competition’s new format, participating in the EFL Trophy is not something the club wishes to do this season.”

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ESPN FC - Sunderland News 27 Jul 11:36

Chelsea discover EFL Trophy draw as other major clubs snub competition

Stamford Bridge will welcome one of Swindon Town, Exeter City or Oxford United. Chelsea's academy team will take on Swindon Town, Exeter City and Oxford United in the group stage of the EFL Trophy. The revamp of the EFL Trophy has been beset by problems since the plan to invite 16 Premier League academies into the competition was announced earlier this year. Supporters of clubs in League One and League Two, whose first teams play in the competition with the final played at Wembley, are angry and believe the Football League are trying to get Premier League "B" teams into...

Sunderland – 27 Jul 10:55

Moyes must shed ?Dithering Dave? moniker at Sunderland

David Moyes has been welcomed to Sunderland with open arms but the new boss must learn lessons from his previous jobs if he is to thrive on Wearside.

Since its inception almost 25 years ago I cannot remember a season where the Premier League has been so top heavy with world-class managers. From established European behemoths such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to young guns with burgeoning reputations such as Slaven Bilic and Maurico Pochettino, the English top flight is awash with bosses with big reputations.

Yet one boss who must overcome his own demons and rebuild a tarnished reputation this season is David Moyes, recently installed into the Sunderland hot seat. Moyes had been out of work since November 2015 when he was fired by Real Sociedad after a somewhat underwhelming year in charge of the Spanish club. Before that he was an unequivocal failure at Old Trafford, inheriting a league title winning side from Sir Alex Ferguson and turning them into also rans. He ended his reign at Old Trafford with a win ratio of just 53%, averaging just 1.7 goals per game and a reputation he took years to build in tatters.

One of the main criticisms levelled against Moyes during his time at Manchester United was his unwillingness to be bold in the transfer market. He only made two major signings – Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini – and his total outlay was less than £65million. He was first given the ‘Dithering Dave’ moniker while at Everton, due to the length of time he took to make decisions, particularly with regard to transfers. At United he procrastinated way too long over a proposed ‘mega move’ for Gareth Bale, while also famously pulling the plug on a deal to bring the brilliant Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford.

David Moyes Sunderland

On Wearside, he simply doesn’t have time to dither. Sunderland have not made any significant inroads in terms of transfers this summer largely thanks to the ‘Big Sam for England’ saga. There is money available, and Moyes is admired and presumably trusted to get it right by owner Ellis Short, who finally landed the Glaswegian this month after previous attempts were thwarted. It will be interesting to see if Moyes has learned from past mistakes when it comes to transfers and what business Sunderland look to do between now and their opening game against Manchester City.

It’s not all doom and gloom however. Moyes failed in Manchester and Spain but his body of work as Everton boss was impressive. Moyes spent 12 years in charge of Everton and transformed the Merseyside club. While at Everton he brought young players through and he will surely be eager to unearth and nurture the next precocious talents to emerge the North East.

He has big shoes to fill, quite literally, following in the footsteps of Mr Allardyce, a man whom the Mackems took to their hearts. But if he hits the ground running and gets the fans on-side I suppose anything is possible. Sunderland’s fans don’t want to be perennial relegation candidates, neither Moyes a manager synonymous with struggle. For these reasons, the 2016-17 campaign is a huge season for both.

Derek Bilton

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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 27 Jul 01:57

Jack Rodwell staying grounded after Sunderland flight scare but hopes David Moyes can help him fulfil England ambitions

CRAIG HOPE IN EVIAN: It was the panicked look on the face of the air hostess which betrayed her fear and told Sunderland’s terrified players and David Moyes they were in serious trouble.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 27 Jul 01:06

How is your team performing in pre-season?

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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Jul 22:28

Sunderland step up preparations for Premier League season under David Moyes with week-long training camp in France

Sunderland are gearing up for the return of the Premier League season with a week-long-trip to France. The Black Cats beat Swiss third-tier outfit FC Stade Nyonnais 2-0 on Monday.

ESPN FC - Sunderland News 26 Jul 16:09

Charles N'Zogbia offered Sunderland contract after trial - sources

Charle N'Zogbia scored for Sunderland in their preseason friendly victory over Rotherham. Sunderland have offered Charles N'Zogbia a deal at the Stadium of Light after impressing on trial, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. N'Zogbia, 30, is currently a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Aston Villa earlier this summer and he was invited to train with Sunderland by former boss Sam Allardyce. The Frenchman has caught the eye in training and he boosted his chances of winning a move to Sunderland with the winning goal in the preseason friendly victory over...

Sunderland – 26 Jul 15:57

Premier League chief ?open to idea of winter break?

Richard Scudamore has responded to Sam Allardyce’s call for a winter break by revealing his belief it has “more prospects than I can remember”.

He also said, however, that “something has to give” for one to be agreed, and that an agreement cannot be reached until the next Premier League broadcasting deal is discussed in late 2017 at the earliest.

On Monday – Allardyce’s first day as England manager – the 61-year-old said a mid-season break “would help the Premier League and us at international level if we could achieve that”.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn recognised that one could not be in place before the 2019-2020 season. Premier League executive chairman Scudamore has added the organisation remains “open-minded” to it, but that there remain numerous hurdles to overcome.

“There are more prospects for it than I can remember,” said the 56-year-old at the launch of Premier League 2, a competition that will succeed Under-21s football for the 24 teams involved.

“The Football League and the FA, Martin Glenn particularly, wants to see it happen,” added Scudamore.

“We are having discussions but it’s not easy due to the calendar of different competitions. If it can practically work we are up for listening to it. We are open-minded and keen if we can make it work. We have widened it out to the stakeholders with what is possible

“We all know what we have to do to create space and something has to give. It would have to be decided by (the) next TV market (agreement), which is sometime end of 2017, and start of 2018. “

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Sunderland A.F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 26 Jul 14:09

Everton eye up £15m move for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone as they prepare to lose John Stones to Manchester City 

Manager Ronald Koeman wants an uncompromising centre-back and the 27-year-old made a big impact under Sam Allardyce in Sunderland's successful relegation battle last season.

Sunderland – 26 Jul 08:54

Paper Talk: Man Utd in £50m bid; new Messi to Man City talk

Manchester City have been given fresh hope of a deal for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, while Manchester United are set to continue their spending with a £50million bid for a defender, according to Tuesday morning’s newspapers.



Manchester City believe they are in pole position to sign Lionel Messi – but only if he one day decides to leave Barcelona.

Their interest has been peaked by claims on Monday by former Blaugrana president Joan Laporta that there is a conspiracy at the Nou Camp to get rid of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

‘There are certain powers who want Messi to no longer be a Barca player,’ Laporta told Catalunya Radio.

‘The club has let the player down, the best player in history, the best player in the world. We have a president and a board that didn’t accompany him when he had to testify in court.’

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Citizens are still doubtful that the 29-year-old will ever leave the Catalan outfit, but believe that his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola could see him arrive at the Etihad if he did.

Messi – sporting a new blonde dye during Barcelona’s training St George’s Park – is also friends with Sky Blues chief executive Ferran Soriano and director Txiki Begiristain, who used to work for Barcelona before moving to the Premier League side.



Leonardo Bonucci: Wanted by Guardiola

Manchester United are ready to rival Manchester City for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, according to reports.

The defender, 29, has been linked with a £50million switch to Man City as Pep Guardiola bids to beef up his central defence with neither Eliaquim Mangala or Nicolas Otamendi totally convincing alongside Vincent Kompany.

But Jose Mourinho also intends to strengthen his central defence and the Manchester Evening News claim the United boss has also identified Bonucci and is preparing a £50million bid.

However, the paper claims that with United closing in on a world record deal for Paul Pogba, the club are unlikely to sell another of their key men to the club and ‘would prefer’ to do business with City for the player.

United have already signed central defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal this summer but Mourinho admitted he was uncertain whether the Ivory Coast international would immediately adapt to the Premier League, while Marcos Rojo could leave.




Gabriel Jesus: Persuaded to  move to Manchester by Guardiola

Manchester City are closing on the £20m transfer of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus despite rival interest from Manchester United (Daily Mail)

Everton are working on a deal to land Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic as Ronald Koeman looks to find a solution to bolster his attack (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have made a surprise move for Carlos Tevez, as their search for a new striker widened last night (Daily Express)

Chelsea are set for a boost with Atletico Madrid on the verge of dropping their interest in Diego Costa (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool could break the £100m barrier for sales this summer (Daily Mail)

Premier League champions Leicester will hold crunch contract talks with Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Danny Drinkwater, Jeffrey Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez ahead of the new season (Daily Mirror)

Mahrez is “not bothered” about speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, according to team-mate Demarai Gray, 20 (The Independent)

West Ham are set to make a move for a new left-back after Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce admitted Arsene Wenger is among the bosses with whom he will build bridges to ensure players are released for England (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could be out for up to five months after suffering a knee injury (The Sun)

Manchester United have upped their bid for Paul Pogba to £95m to force the world record deal over the line – but the deal is being held up by who picks up his agent’s £25million fee (The Sun)

Juventus could replace Pogba with 32-year-old Barcelona player Javier Mascherano, who can play in defence and midfield, if the France international moves to Old Trafford (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester City and Manchester United will continue to visit China for pre-season tours despite the shambles surrounding the cancellation of yesterday’s derby game in Beijing (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace have joined Premier League new-boys Burnley in the battle to sign Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens (Daily Star)

Steve Bruce is considering whether to quit football altogether after his shock departure from Hull (Daily Star)

Sunderland have finally thanked Sam Allardyce for saving them from relegation – three days after he left to take the England job (Daily Star)

Sam Allardyce has left Wayne Rooney in limbo over the England captaincy for at least another month and suggested that he will lose his midfield place unless he is playing in that role for Manchester United (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund have both made official offers to 26-year-old Newcastle and France midfielder Moussa Sissoko (Le 10 Sport)

Hull City have a five-man shortlist topped by former Everton boss Roberto Martinez as they seek a successor to Steve Bruce (The Guardian)

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is keen to join Leeds United. The 27-year-old Scotland international spent time on loan at Elland Road last season (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Winger Ryan Kent, 19, is the first of a host of youngsters Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp intends to send out on loan next season (Liverpool Echo)

Bristol City have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich to sign 21-year-old goalkeeper Ivan Lucic for an undisclosed fee (Bristol Post)

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ESPN FC - Sunderland News 25 Jul 23:14

David Moyes wins first friendly in charge of Sunderland

Duncan Watmore and Sunderland won Monday's friendly in France. David Moyes won his first game in charge of Sunderland as the Black Cats won 2-0 over Stade Nyonnais in France on Monday. Duncan Watmore scored a pair of penalties in the first half to guide Sunderland, who hired former Everton and Manchester United manager Moyes last week to replace new England boss Sam Allardyce. Watmore earned the first penalty when he was fouled in the box in the 38th minute, and George Honeyman drew the second just before the break. Jordon Mutch scored to give Crystal Palace...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 25 Jul 14:51

We're optimistic & positive - Mannone

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone insists Sunderland's players are still feeling positive despite the managerial upheaval.

Sunderland – 25 Jul 11:46

Sunderland outcast Bridcutt eager to make Leeds switch

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is reportedly desperate to join Championship side Leeds United on a permanent deal this summer.

The 27-year-old impressed in his initial loan spell with the Whites – making 24 league appearances last season – and is ready to push a transfer through after being left out of Sunderland’s squad for a pre-season trip to France.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, new Black Cats manager David Moyes is not interested in giving Bridcutt a chance to prove himself and are wanting to offload the former Brighton man as he enters into the final year of his contract.

Bridcutt is believed to be earning £28,000 a week on his current Sunderland contract and is valued at £1.5million, which could be a stumbling block for Leeds.

However, with all parties still keen to agree a deal, there is hope that Bridcutt can become a permanent member of the Leeds squad before their Championship season opener against QPR.

United manager Garry Monk, though, is remaining tight-lipped on any transfer business conducted by the club.

Monk said: “We’re always looking at different players and names will be mentioned.

“Everyone will have assumptions and whispers of who we’re going to buy but I like to keep those things quiet until there’s something concrete to talk about.”

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ESPN FC - Sunderland News 25 Jul 11:00

Lionel Messi hairstyle is just like mine - Sunderland star Fabio Borini

As you may have seen, Lionel Messi debuted a brave new style choice over the weekend when his wife Antonella posted a photo of the Barcelona star's gleaming new silvery 'do. However, Messi isn't the first footballer to go blonde over the past few months, with Sunderland forward Fabio Borini piping up to light-heartedly accuse the Argentinian of nicking his look. With tongue most definitely in cheek, Borini took to twitter to accuse Messi of pinching his idea having himself opted to go blonde...

ESPN FC - Sunderland News 24 Jul 20:25

David Moyes back in Manchester after Sunderland plane forced to land

Former Everton and Man Utd boss David Moyes has been named the new manager of Sunderland. We take a look at the Scotsman's stats. The FC crew discuss whether David Moyes' successful past with Everton will make him the right man for the Sunderland job. New Sunderland manager David Moyes made an unexpected return to Manchester on Sunday when the airplane carrying the team was forced to make an emergency landing. Moyes, who managed Manchester United in the 2013-14 season, was diverted to Manchester Airport when Sunderland's Eastern Airways flight from Newcastle to Geneva experienced a technical failure. "It was a flight carrying the Sunderland football team," a spokesperson for Manchester Airport told the Manchester Evening News. "They...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 23 Jul 12:29

Moyes appointed Sunderland manager

Sunderland name former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes as successor to Sam Allardyce.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 22 Jul 17:50

Allardyce named England manager

Sam Allardyce is appointed England manager, signing an initial two-year contract after leaving Sunderland.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Sunderland | BBC 21 Jul 17:30

Big Sam's career in pictures

Sam Allardyce is the new England boss. Here is his life, and career, in pictures.

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