Experienced midfielder Grant Leadbitter has returned to boyhood club Sunderland after ending his six-and-a-half association with Middlesbrough. The 33-year-old has been essential towards Boro’s success in the past few seasons but he has taken up the challenge after finding first-team chances hard to come by.
Still, the veteran had the choice to make the switch to another Championship-based club but he accepted the advances from the Black Cats after previously making 123 appearances for them between 2003 and 2009. Shortly after the transfer was complete, Black Cats boss Jack Ross said that the move was not made for sentimental reasons, given the players could have quite easily prolonged his career in the Championship.
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Sunderland midfielder Dylan McGeouch has revealed his ambition of taking the Black Cats back into the Premier League during his time at the club. The 25-year-old joined the Wearside outfit on a free transfer from Hibernian after his contract expired during the summer and he has since featured in seven league games for Jack Ross’ men.
Speaking to The Sun, the midfielder highlighted the desire to progress with the Black Cats and hopefully one day, they can return to the English top-flight, he said: “We want to take Sunderland back to the Premier League and the level we should be. I want to help be a part of that.I was at the good times with Hibs and I want more here.”
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has admitted that Bryan Oviedo could leave the Black Cats before the end of the month. The Costa Rica international has been with the Wearside outfit over the past 18 months but he is now considering an exit with the Black Cats having dropped down to the third tier of English football.
Speaking to reporters, Ross admitted that Oviedo could be on the move with the left-sided defender said to have ambitions of playing at a much higher level, he said: “I think he, like a number of players, will have his own ambitions and aspirations in terms of the level he plays the game.The contractual aspect is probably above my level, naturally as a manager you just want to pick the best players you have but I have always had an understanding of the economics of it.Can I say without absolute certainty he will still be here at the end of the month? I couldn’t but I would probably say that about all the players who fall into that bracket.”
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Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo has made a comeback at Sunderland for training. The left-back was asked to rest for a specific period of time as he went through the exertions during the World Cup with Costa Rica. Oviedo returned on Monday to the Academy of Light. This is indeed a good gesture, but how long he would remain at the League One club is not known. The defender said that he wants to exit from the Stadium of Light and expected to leave before the closure of the transfer window. Sunderland would face Middleborough in the preseason finale at the Riverside and there is no surety that Oviedo would be a part in the tournament against Tony Puli’s side.
Reece James, the left-back has been signed by the Black Cats. However, he is currently on a break while Denver Hume and Adam Matthews have been involved in left-back all through the season. Now, Sunderland is trying to move many players off the books, including Papy Djilobodji, Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone and of course Bryan Oviedo. These are all high earners at the club. Djilobodji and Ndong could not return for pre-season training. Kone returned for preseason training. As far as Oviedo is concerned, Club Brugge is keen and so are clubs in Germany and France. Last week, Steward Donald made the revelation that the Club Brugge may not have sufficient funds to strike a deal.
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Former Sunderland star Michael Gray has hinted that the Black Cats are likely to be under a new ownership prior to their next campaign in League One. The Wearside outfit endured a difficult return to the Championship earlier this season and it has eventually ended with them suffering their second relegation in as many seasons.
Despite this, Gray has provided a positive update for the fans by confirming that owner Ellis Short has offers in place to sell the club, he told TalkSPORT: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, put it that way. There’s going to be a bit of excitement at the club over the next two or three weeks – that’s all I can say about it. I’m quite excited about. Something needs to get done quickly – it’ll put smiles back on people’s faces and get them going back to the stadium. It’s a plan – it’s not going to happen overnight. But I think it’s something to look forward to.” Continue reading “Sunderland Favourites Confirms Takeover Plans For Club”
Sunderland head coach Chris Coleman has praised the performance of George Honeyman following the Black Cats’ 1-0 league defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers last weekend. The 23-year-old has been a bright spark for the Wearsiders in an otherwise hugely disappointing campaign, and was recalled to the starting lineup for the away game at Loftus Road.
The Black Cats currently find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with nine games left, and they are facing the distinct possibility of consecutive relegations unless they find a way to start winning games. Only four points separate the basement club from 21st-placed Barnsley, but their performances at the back have been miserable of late, to the extent that they have had to come to score three goals in order to pick up a draw against Middlesbrough last month.
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Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo has stressed that he is committed to the Black Cats’ cause as they seek to avoid back-to-back relegations from the Premier League to League One. The Black Cats are presently languishing in the drop zone after 28 games into the season, but Oviedo remains optimistic that the club will preserve their Championship status.
Speaking to Costa Rican outlet Nacion, Oviedo admitted that he is with the Black Cats in their relegation tussle, though he does not see himself dropping any further with the Wearside outfit, he said: “Sunderland is a big team from England, I have many years of not being in Championship and it is not an option to go to League One.
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Sunderland managed to beat Fulham 1-0 to win for the first time at home for almost a year. Indeed the Black Cats have struggled at home. Their last home win was on the 17th of December 2016 where they managed to beat Watford 1-0. Since then Sunderland has struggled at home, and it took a goal from a substitute to break this unwanted record.
Ever since Chris Coleman has taken charge of the club, Sunderland has shown signs of improvement especially at the back where they have managed their third clean sheet in five games.
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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson says that he does not regret leaving Preston North End for a job at Sunderland in the summer.
Grayson comes back to the Deepdale stadium with his team looking to recover from a 5-2 loss against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. It is a result that confirmed the club’s poor start to the season. Sunderland came into the 2017-18 campaign with expectations of promotion, but the club are now having to deal with the threat of relegation after being in the bottom three of the table even after almost 10 matches. Sunderland have only managed one point from the last possible 21.
As a result, Grayson’s job is now under threat. Responding to comments that he was in the relatively safe position at Preston and that he is now at the risk of losing his job, Grayson says that he does not have any regrets. Grayson has revealed that he had the opportunity to leave Preston on a number of occasions but decided to take the plunge only at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Continue reading “Simon Grayson Has No Regrets about Leaving Preston”
Sunderland have made a disappointing start to the Championship campaign after managing just one win from the opening four matches.
Still, manager Simon Grayson is relatively confident about getting a positive result when the team take on Barnsley this weekend. The game represents a great opportunity for Sunderland to get the second win of the season, and Grayson did not hide his tactics for the game. He says that counter attacking has become the common element in the Championship and it is a highly successful tactic win on the road.
One of the reasons for Sunderland being unable to get positive results at the start of the season is the lack of wins at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland were unable to win the two home games this season, while the only success came away on the road against Norwich City. The club also came close to securing a victory against Sheffield Wednesday in the other away game. Continue reading “Simon Grayson Ready for Counter-Attacking Coach against Barnsley”