You only need to look into the recent past to see the struggles teams face in the Championship after they got relegated. Fulham, Cardiff and QPR have all been in the Premier League in the last five seasons, and have since languished in the lower half of the nation’s second division. However, as the teams 

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Sunderland’s threadbare squad is gearing up for life in the Sky Bet Championship following relegation from the Premier League last season. Key players have already departed the club this summer, including top scorer Jermain Defoe and homegrown Jordan Pickford. Newly appointed Simon Grayson has already given several youngsters starting berths in a number of pre-season 

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It’s fair to say that the last few seasons have not been easy for Sunderland fans. After a few years of relative stability the club started to flirt with relegation, pulling off great escapes under Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce. After 10 consecutive years in the top flight the Black Cats threw away their Premier 

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When he joined the Sunderland football academy only aged eight (8) not many people would have expected Jordan Pickford to enjoy such a meteoric rise in such a short time.   To fine tune his goalkeeping talents Pickford was loaned to Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston all relatively ‘unknown’ 

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Everton has agreed a £30 million fee for Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford; whilst some will be alarmed that the price, this represents savvy business from Ronald Koeman.   Frustrating position Everton are stuck in a frustrating position. It is unlikely they will be able to compete for Champions League football in the foreseeable future, but it 

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According to the Daily Star, West Ham United are intent on signing Sunderland’s young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. So intent, it seems, that they are willing to offer cash and Adrian to tempt the Black Cats into selling their prized asset. Whilst the fee has not been mentioned, it is estimated that the overall value of 

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Sunderland’s relegation was expected long before it became official and as such the discussion surrounding the future of Jermain Defoe has been going on since January. It is clear the veteran striker has an embedded release clause in his contract on Wearside which becomes active upon the club’s relegation from the Premier League. This clause 

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With Sunderland’s relegation having been confirmed it is understandable that other top flight clubs are now circling like vultures to pick at the bones of the carcass left behind on Wearside. One such high demand target is goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who after taking his chance under Sam Allardyce last season has gone from strength to 

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Jermain Defoe has a list of would-be suitors lining up for his signature in the summer. Defoe will leave Sunderland when, not if, they are relegated – it look irreversibly bleak for David Moyes’ Black Cats. Among the interested parties are Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.   Prime target According to the Sun, the Magpies will 

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It has been a fairly rotten week for David Moyes with his ludicrous comments towards journalist Vicki Sparks being made public knowledge, followed by yet another lacklustre performance in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City which has left all but the most optimistic of supporters resigned to relegation. In truth, the club can already begin 

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According to reports, Everton duo Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are on the verge of signing for Sunderland. The duo are reportedly set to undergo medicals today. As reported by Sky Sports: “Everton pair Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo look set to be reunited with David Moyes at Sunderland. The pair are to have medicals 

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In official news, Crystal Palace have signed Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland. The Holland international has reportedly signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the transfer fee mooted at £14 million. As reported by Sky Sports: “Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland on a four-and-a-half year contract. The defender has 

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According to reports, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Rubin Kazan’s Yann M’Vila. The French midfielder endured a successful loan spell last season with Premier League rivals, Sunderland. As reported by The Telegraph: “Now Allardyce is trying to convince Palace chiefs to pay the £11m it would take to trigger a clause in M’Vila’s Rubin 

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In official news, Sunderland have signed free agent defender Joleon Lescott. The former Everton and Manchester City defender signed on a contract until the end of the season. As reported by The Telegraph: “Sunderland have made an underwhelming first signing of the transfer window in the shape of former Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott. Lescott 

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According to reports, Sunderland are considering making a move for veteran defender Joleon Lescott. The former Man City and Everton star, who is now a free agent, worked under Sunderland boss David Moyes at Everton. As reported by the Daily Star: “The Sunderland boss is considering a potential move for free agent Joleon Lescott – 

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According to reports, Everton defender Phil Jagielka is being chased by West Ham and Sunderland. The 34 year old has been a mainstay in Everton’s defence throughout the 10 years he’s spent so far at Goodison Park. As reported by the Daily Star: “Jagielka, 34, could be nearing the end of his stay at Goodison 

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After next Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Scotland, England will move on to the mid-week friendly against Spain. November marked the last time England hosted La Roja at Wembley back in 2011, with Frank Lampard scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win. Insignificantly Jack Rodwell came on for Phil Jones as a 56th minute 

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Sunderland have officially completed the signing of full-back Javier Manquillo on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. Manquillo becomes the third youngster to arrive at the Stadium of Light following the acquisition of Donald Love and Paddy McNair [both from Manchester United], perhaps a show that the youth- much like in his teams at Everton 

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Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is the newly appointed Sunderland boss: the club confirmed through a statement released to the press. The Scot takes over from Sam Allardyce who has likewise been appointed as manager, but this time for the England national team following Roy Hodgson’s resignation after a disastrous Euro 2016 

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Roy Hodgson’s 26 man preliminary squad for Euro 2016 included five strikers with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and most surprisingly Marcus Rashford preferred to Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe. Unquestionably, Defoe had an outstanding season with the 33 year old netting 15 goals and playing the pivotal role in his side’s ultimate survival 

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When Sam Allardyce took over at Sunderland last October they were rooted in the relegation zone and they were back there at the beginning of May. Between the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion which marked Allardyce’s first game in charge and the 3-2 win over Chelsea, a gap of 28 games, Sunderland had spent 

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