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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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 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”
Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain is determined to appoint a new manager soon to replace David Moyes.
He said that he wants to give the new manager enough time to prepare the team for next season and this is why he has intensified his search.
At the moment it is Simon Grayson and Derek McInnes who are the favorites for the Sunderland job, but a decision will be taken soon.
Martin Bain admitted that it is not an easy task as he is looking someone for the long-term. He said that the club has experienced some really tough times last season and that it is important to find a manager that has the necessary experience to get the club back on track and challenge for promotion next season.
The Chief Executive said that it is not always an easy transition from the Premier League to the Championship and that it is important that the club wins its promotion back as soon as possible. The longer you remain in the Championship, the more difficult it becomes to win promotion. Continue reading “Sunderland to appoint manager”
Sweden international Sebastian Larsson is eager to prolong his career in England despite Sunderland’s reluctance to renew his present contract.
The former Arsenal graduate is due to leave the Black Cats in the summer with his current deal due to expire at the end of this month.
Larsson had managed to prove an influential figure during the Black Cats’ Premier League escape in recent seasons, but even his best efforts were not sufficient this term as the Wearside club ended their 10-year stay in the English top tier. Larsson’s agent has revealed his client’s intention to stay put in England even if it means to join a fellow Championship club.
“He is very excited to stay in England,” Per Jonsson told FotbollDirekt.se adding that the Swede is not prepared for a return home with offers from Turkey and China also in consideration. Larsson’s contract had been due an extension earlier in the season, but the change in management has sort of stalled the agreement for the time being. Continue reading “Sunderland Undecided on Sebastian Larsson”
Sunderland has been relegated from the Premier League following their defeat against Bournemouth.
Many pundits believe that Sunderland could have stood a chance if they had changed their manager during the course of the season but instead choose to hold on to David Moyes.
Indeed Leicester City has done the same after a poor season under Claudio Ranieri and has chosen to replace the manager that has allowed them to win the first title of their history. Leicester City was close to the relegation places in February and has opted to replace Claudio Ranieri. They managed to win five games in a row, and this allowed them to safeguard their place in the Premier League.
Some pundits believe that Sunderland should have done the same and this would have allowed them to remain in the Premier League. However, there are some major difference between Leicester City and Sunderland.
Leicester City won the Premier League last season, and it was almost the same team that was struggling this season. In Vardy and Mahrez they have two of the league best players, and it was easy for any manager to bring back new life to a team that has been underperforming this season. Continue reading “Sunderland relegated from Premier League”
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has said that even at his age and career he wants to prove himself to his teammates as the club battles relegation.
The 34-year old player has netted 250 times in his English club football career with more than 150 goals in the Premier League. The prolific scorer has scored 19 times in 55 games for the national team, proving his worth for club and country.
Defoe said that impressing the new additions – that have helped boost the relegation fight – is a motivation for him when he steps out in the club’s jersey.
“Maybe the signings that have come in, players that the manager knows from before, lift everyone else. It’s a funny one, you bring competition into the club and the players that are here, you want to impress the new players.
“It’s something that we wanted. The team spirit is always the most important thing, in tough times you’ve got to stick together. If you stick together as a group it doesn’t really matter what’s going on, you win together and you lose together,” the player said. Continue reading “DEFOE STILL WANTS TO PROVE HIMSELF TO TEAMMATES”
Southampton latest addition Martin Caceres is set to miss their clash against relegation prone side Sunderland this week.
The club might be exposed when they host Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as their backline problem continue.
Skipper and defender Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for up to three months after he sustained an injury in the game against Leicester City. The Saints have sold their other defender in Jose Fonte to the Hammers, limiting their options when they face Sunderland.
The Saints tried getting a replacement for the backline but efforts failed. They had to turn to Caceres but the free agent would not be ready on time. Continue reading