Sunderland manager Jack Ross has indicated that he is focused on the job at hand with Sunderland amid the recent speculation linking him with the Scotland managerial role. Scotland recently axed Alex McLeish from the head coach position after a disappointing start to the Euro 2020 qualifiers and Ross has been identified as one of the prime options for the vacancy.
Speaking in a press conference, Ross indicated that there will be plenty of speculation through the course of a season and he remains unperturbed over the same. He added that he has not even thought regarding the vacancy available and he is focused on club’s weekend league clash against promotion rivals Portsmouth.
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has spoken about the character and desire of the Black Cats squad after they came from behind to register a 2-1 win over Rochdale on the road. An Ian Henderson goal handed an early advantage for struggling Rochdale but the Black Cats managed to make a terrific second half comeback with Charlie Wyke and substitute George Honeyman finding the scoresheet.
Speaking after the game, the Black Cats boss was impressed with the team’s ability from losing situations on a number of occasions this term, he said: “I’ve commented on it before even when it hasn’t resulted in a win, because there have been different challenges for us at times, but today was another one – to come from a goal behind on the back of the week we have had, and to keep pushing and pushing and pushing, takes guts and hunger to go and do it.
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Sunderland striker Will Grigg has said that he has been keeping a close eye on the proceedings of former club Walsall, who are currently battling relegation in League One. The Northern Irishman recently faced his former club at the Stadium of Light where he netted the winner in a 2-1 win for the Black Cats.
Speaking after the game, he wished the best of luck for Walsall, who were crucial to his early career development. He added that the Saddlers are much better than the teams in and around them and they should eventually beat the relegation battle, he said: “I always look out for Walsall’s results. The club has a place in my heart.I definitely, definitely don’t want to see them go down. It’s a great club with fantastic fans. And from what I have seen from them in the last few games, they are going to be okay.”
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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has revealed that there are several players that are doubtful for the game against Gillingham. He said that Duncan Watmore, as well as Kaz Sterling, are among several players that can be missing the match.
Duncan Watmore has only been back just recently after spending two years away due to injury. He was outstanding in the game against Blackpool and Jack Ross was hoping that he could get a sustained run into the team.
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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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