Steve Bruce has criticised the Premier league schedule as being ridiculous. Nedum Onuoha, Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan were all injured in the Black Cats’ 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool.

Bruce says it is “nonsense” that his players should face five games in eight days and he now wants a winter break.

“Every country in Europe does it,” he said. “We should be taking a break too, there should be a break here.”

Bruce’s sentiments were echoed on Tuesday by West Ham manager Avram Grant following his side’s 1-1 draw against Everton.

Sunderland have been linked with bids for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson in the January transfer window.


Steve Bruce has said that he is happy with Sunderland’s draw with Fulham. Bruce took on his former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes, but neither boss could mastermind a win amid a dire stalemate of few chances.

The Black Cats, who have won just once away from home this season, move up to sixth in the Premier League with the point and Bruce is embracing the positives.

“I think you’re always delighted to pick up a point away from home and I couldn’t fault the effort and determination, considering the changes we had to make defensively,” he told Sky Sports.

Fabio da Silva and Nicklas Bendtner have been linked to the club in the January transfer window.


A poor Sunderland side were defeated against an impressive Wolves side. It spared the Wolves chairman the embarrassment of calling McCarthy to account only days after allowing the chief executive Jez Moxey to respond to unhappy fans by reaffirming their backing for their under-fire employee.

With 13 minutes left, Danny Welbeck headed Sunderland in front, diverting Phil Bardsley’s cross wide of Hennessey. But, as McCarthy never tires of repeating, Wolves can seldom be faulted for effort. Sunderland lost their composure at the back and when a Jarvis cross was headed back across goal by Elokobi, Gordon could not save cleanly and the substitute Stephen Hunt forced home his first Wolves goal.

Then Ebanks-Blake, introduced with only 10 minutes to provide belated support for the tireless Kevin Doyle, did what he does best and bought time for his manager, dealing Sunderland only a second defeat in 13 games. “If I had been wearing a heart monitor it would have made interesting reading,” McCarthy said. “They put me through it but as usual they gave me every last drop of effort.”


Darren Bent has hailed the spirit of the Sunderland team after they game back from a goal down to draw against Arsenal. The Black Cats have made a steady yet unspectacular start to the 2010/11 campaign, taking six points from their opening five games.

The latest of those came against high-flying Arsenal on Saturday, as a last-gasp leveller earned them a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Bent proved to be the hero of the hour on that occasion, as he pounced deep into stoppage-time to hand Steve Bruce’s side a hard-fought equaliser.

The England striker is hoping Sunderland can continue to show such spirit throughout the remainder of the season, with it vital that they are able to scale those heights if they are to secure a top-10 finish.

“I think we’ve started the season well and we’ve shown a hell of a lot of spirit,” Bent told the Evening Chronicle. “We’ve worked very hard for each other and I think we got what we deserved against Arsenal. We’re never-say-die and that has to be the attitude for the season if we’re going to finish in the top half of the table.”


Rennes chief Dreossi has spoken on Gyan sale saying that Sunderland made offer he could not refuse. Sunderland splashed out a record fee for the Ghana international on transfer deadline day.

Rennes general manager Pierre Dréossi said: “We wanted to keep Asamoah for another year and sell Ismael Bangoura, but the offer from Sunderland was not refusable neither for the player nor the club.

“We would have preferred to settle the transfer 15 days before the closure of the market. This would have allowed us to consider things more.”


Sunderland are interested in signing veteran England international, David James. The 39-year-old is set to leave Pompey after failing to respond to the club’s contract proposal before the deadline to answer passed.

James is preparing to open negotiations with Scottish side Celtic, but Sunderland are going to try and make a bid for the veteran goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports.

Black Cats number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon will miss the beginning of the season after suffering a broken arm, and back-up Martin Fulop is believed to be leaving the club this summer.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is now left with minimal goalkeeping options and could now turn to James to solve his problem between the sticks.

James, formerly of Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City, became England’s number one goalkeeper at the World Cup, playing in the Three Lions’ three matches in South Africa after Robert Green’s mistake in the first group game against the United States.


It appears that striker Darren Bent has failed to impress in an England jersey once again and has been left out of the World Cup squad, Mirror Football is reporting.

According to the report, the Sunderland forward – who was tipped by many, including his club manager Steve Bruce and team-mates to make the squad for the trip to South Africa, was axed from the original 30 man squad Fabio Capello finalized for the tournament this morning.

Bent was the second best English goalscorer this season with 24 goals but his form for England has not been as productive.

It was the second successive World Cup Bent will missed out at the final stages, having suffered the same fate before the Germany 2006 tournament.

Bruce targets Wigan Duo

SUNDERLAND are today said to be preparing a £9m double summer swoop on manager Steve Bruce’s old club Wigan.

The former Manchester United player is a long-standing admirer of the Latics’ Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa, and tried to sign him in the January transfer window.

And, according to today’s Daily Mirror, he is also keen to bring goalkeeper Chris Kirkland to the Stadium of Light, to compete with Craig Gordon for the No 1 shirt.

Bruce signed Figueora, 27, from Olimpia for a miserly £250,000 two years ago, and Wigan has warned it will take a bid of around £8m to prise him away.

Bruce is said to fancy his chances at around £6m, however, and could also make a bid for England international Kirkland, who is on big money at the DW Stadium, and could be moved on to reduce the wage bill.

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