Manager A shrewd, experienced and highly decorated manager, Dick Advocaat etched his name into Sunderland folklore last season as he steered the club to English Premier League safety in the season’s penultimate game. The Dutchman was appointed on a temporary basis, replacing the sacked Guys Poyet and coaxing a series of determined, disciplined team performances 

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Major transfers IN: Maarten Stekelenburg – £4.7 Million- Roma; Sasha Riether – £1.2 million- Cologne; Fernando Amorebieta – Free – Athletic Bilbao; Derek Boateng – Free – Dnipro Major Transfers OUT: Mark Schwarzer- Free – Chelsea; Simon Davies – Released; Mladen Petric- Released   Martin Jol has a big job on his hands to keep 

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Major transfers IN: Arouna Kone – £6 million – Everton; Antolin Alcaraz – Free – Wigan; Gerard Deulofeu – Loan – Barcelona; Joel Robles – £2 million – Atletico Madrid Major Transfers OUT: Phil Neville – Retired   Everton start the season with a new manager for the first time since 2002 with the departure 

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Once again, the red side of North London would be hoping this is their season. They have been forced to endure a frustrating 8 years campaign- that has seen them trophyless- despite having full hopes by the start of those excruciating seasons. Last season, they had to fight tooth and nail to scrap fourth-spot on 

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