Jack Ross appointed Sunderland manager on two-year deal

• 41-year-old joins club after guiding St Mirren to promotion
• ‘To help realise [club’s] potential fills me with excitement’Jack Ross has been appointed Sunderland’s new manager on a two-year deal. The 41-year-old who guided St Mirren to promotion was named the PFA Scotland manager of the year last season and will be joined at the Stadium of Light by assistant manager James Fowler. Related: Sunderland women face uncertain future after divorce process | Louise Taylor Continue reading...

New Sunderland owner says sacked Chris Coleman could return to club

• Stewart Donald confirms takeover and that club now debt-free
• ‘I wouldn’t rule out potentially talking to Chris’ says DonaldStewart Donald, the new owner of Sunderland, has raised the startling possibility of Chris Coleman returning as manager after revealing he will pay Ellis Short £40m for the now League One club over the next two years. The former Eastleigh owner, speaking for the first time since the Football League ratified his takeover, said that all previous debts had been erased and Sunderland would benefit from a “pretty hefty” third tier transfer budget. He then proceeded to refuse to rule out the chance of Coleman making an extraordinary comeback. Continue reading...

Sunderland women face uncertain future thanks to divorce process | Louise Taylor

Following a split from their male counterparts’ club, players do not yet know what division they will be playing in next season, but opponents Yeovil have reasons for optimismShortly after the final whistle blew, Yeovil Town’s manager stood in the middle of a suddenly near deserted pitch and positively glowed with pride in his club. As Jamie Sherwood outlined the reasons for optimism about the future, a hazy north east sun suddenly seemed a little brighter. A couple of minutes earlier and a few yards away, Melanie Copeland, Sherwood’s Sunderland counterpart, had also stopped to reflect. She, too, was rightly proud of her team but spoke of “uncertainty,” about things “being up in the air”. There were potential “disappointments” and “clouds” blemishing the horizon. Continue reading...

Sunderland’s hall of shame: club’s (mostly bad) signings under Short

From the anonymous to the calamitous via the odd decent buy, the full list of players brought in under Ellis Short’s sorry reign These are all the transfers/seasons that post-date May 2009 when Ellis Short assumed full control of Sunderland. Short did take a controlling interest in the club in September 2008 but we have not included recruitment between then and summer 2009 as, at that time, he delegated transfer business to Niall Quinn and the Drumaville consortium also still had a limited say. Continue reading...

Sunderland block Newcastle fans’ plans for ‘relegation celebration’

• Supporters seek to gloat over rivals’ plight at Stadium of Light
• Sunderland to have no cash turnstiles for final gamesSunderland have taken discreet steps to prevent gleeful Newcastle fans from turning up at the Stadium of Light and mocking Chris Coleman’s struggling side during their final two home games of the season. Related: Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation | Louise Taylor Continue reading...

Chris Coleman channelling Seinfeld is an intriguing prospect for Sunderland | Marina Hyde

You can see what the Sunderland manager is getting at when he jokes about the club’s new recipe for success just doing the opposite of what they have done in the past five yearsIf we had to slap a name on this era in football, we could do worse than the Rise of the Quants. These days, there is a widespread belief that even the mascot needs to have read Moneyball, and not simply be able to critique the movie. The biggest clubs employ armies of data analysts, while advanced metrics and tactical analytics are the adornment of increasing amounts of commentary. Privately, you might think some of your friends speak the language of football statistics much as Andy Gray once spoke the language of Spanish, when he inquired of a La Manga hotel receptionist: “Eh senoreo, where’s the fucking taxio?” But like Andy, they certainly have a Continue reading "Chris Coleman channelling Seinfeld is an intriguing prospect for Sunderland | Marina Hyde"

Football League: Cardiff grab last-gasp draw, Northampton sack Hasselbaink

  • Anthony Pilkington earns 1-1 draw with Sheffield United
  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink leaves Northampton after defeat
Cardiff City are eight points clear of third-placed Fulham but needed a last-gasp Anthony Pilkington equaliser to earn a point at Sheffield United. Leon Clarke’s deflected first-half opener appeared to be enough to lift the Blades into the top six, and put pressure on Neil Warnock’s side before their game against leaders Wolves on Friday. Instead, Pilkington’s 91st-minute volley extended Cardiff’s unbeaten league run to 13 games, and pushed United back down to ninth. Continue reading...

Jane Ross late show helps Manchester City reach Women’s FA Cup semi-finals

• Striker’s 90th-minute goal levels tie at 2-2 against Sunderland
• City face Chelsea after 4-2 extra-time win; Everton play Arsenal Manchester City looked to be heading out of the Women’s FA Cup until Jane Ross scored a 90th-minute equaliser against Sunderland to take the game to extra-time. The Scottish striker’s goal made it 2-2 in the quarter-final, and she then went on to score another in extra-time before Ella Toone completed the 4-2 victory which booked a semi-final against the Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea. Victoria Williams put Sunderland on their way to a potential shock in the 32nd minute when a Lucy Staniforth free-kick was flicked into her path, allowing her to direct the ball under the City goalkeeper. The hosts held the lead for 40 minutes until the England international Demi Stokes found herself in the right place to divert a pull back from the substitute Nadia Nadim Continue reading "Jane Ross late show helps Manchester City reach Women’s FA Cup semi-finals"

Sunderland suspend midfielder Darron Gibson following drink-drive charge

• Gibson was arrested after several vehicles were damaged
• The club have launched an investigation into the incidentSunderland have suspended Darron Gibson with immediate effect after he was charged with drink driving. The club announced they have launched an investigation into an incident in which the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder was allegedly involved on Saturday. Continue reading...

Aston Villa’s Grabban and Chester pile more misery on Sunderland

Kasabian’s version of The Sweet Escape was played on the stadium sound system before kick-off but, long before the end, Sunderland fans had resorted to a more familiar refrain. As the ground echoed to chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt,” Chris Coleman’s side stayed firmly rooted to the bottom of the Championship. They were ultimately beaten easily by an impressive Aston Villa who, inspired by Robert Snodgrass’s creative class, remain third. On this, pretty compelling, evidence neither second-placed Cardiff nor the leaders, Wolves, can afford to underestimate Villa’s determination to end up occupying one of the automatic promotion slots. When the fixtures were released last summer this fixture looked, on paper at least, like a potential six-pointer between two rivals for automatic promotion. Continue reading...

Sunderland snatch draw against Middlesbrough at end of wild derby

An arctic afternoon featuring two brilliant goals from Patrick Bamford, two straight red cards and a flock of seagulls persistently swooping low across the pitch concluded with Callum McManaman volleying a dramatic late equaliser for Sunderland. Bamford’s class in Tony Pulis’s frontline seemed to have settled things in Middlesbrough’s favour when McManaman dented Teesside play-off hopes by earning Chris Coleman’s side a potentially vital point in their relegation fight. The winger celebrated by pointedly racing towards Pulis and provocatively mock-saluting Boro’s manager. Continue reading...

Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation | Louise Taylor

Chris Coleman spoke of rebuilding Sunderland but, with the club bottom of the Championship, a wantaway owner unable to sell and poor player recruitment, he now seems less certainWhen Chris Coleman walks into a room, one question invariably seems to echo around the walls. “Why?” the former Wales manager is asked. “Why Sunderland?” The moment at a Christmas drinks party when someone put it rather more bluntly and inquired what the hell he was doing there was not an isolated cameo. Coleman typically responds with grace and humour but, just lately, his talk of “sleepless nights” and “soul destroying” afternoons in the technical area, allied to the sense he is “in the middle of a tornado” and “staring into an abyss”, hint at inner doubts. Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Sunderland go bottom after Bolton defeat

• José Morais loses first game in charge of Barnsley
• Aston Villa held to 1-1 home draw by PrestonBurton condemned José Morais to defeat in his first game in charge of Barnsley with a 2-1 victory which moved Albion off the bottom of the Championship. The Portuguese, appointed as Paul Heckingbottom’s successor last week, suffered a dismal start to life at Oakwell as Jamie Allen’s screamer put the visitors 1-0 ahead inside a minute. Jacob Davenport doubled Burton’s advantage with a free-kick on the stroke of half-time and they held on despite Daniel Pinillos’ 75th-minute goal. Burton leapfrogged Sunderland and Barnsley but remain in the bottom three, below Hull only on goal difference. Continue reading...

Until Sunderland have a new owner we are where we are, says Chris Coleman

• Manager fans flames before Tuesday’s trip to Bolton
• Coleman condemns players for ‘not standing up to the fight’Chris Coleman has risked the wrath of Ellis Short after making some brutally honest, and arguably incendiary, comments before his Sunderland side’s vital Championship trip to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night. With Short – Sunderland’s billionaire financier owner – now based in Florida, Coleman and Martin Bain, the chief executive, have been left to face growing flak from fans dismayed at the prospect of the team enduring a second successive relegation. Continue reading...

Football League: Sunderland come back from 3-0 down to grab point

  • Wolves surge 13 points clear at top of Championship
  • Southend stun leaders Wigan in League One
• Before half-time Sunderland tweeted that they could not blame fans for leaving after seeing them go three down at Bristol City. Aden Flint opened the scoring after five minutes and then Famara Diédhiou scored two in six minutes just after the half-hour mark. It was not until the 70th minute when the comeback began as John Brownhill turned the ball into his own net. Greater hope was given by Aiden McGeady before Marlon Pack scored the second own goal of the game to make it 3-3 in injury-time as both the tweet and the deficit were erased. Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Robert Snodgrass winner lifts Aston Villa

• Midfielder’s 90th-minute goal gives Villa victory at Sheffield United
• Derby draw at Millwall as Sunderland stumble again at Birmingham Robert Snodgrass scored a 90th-minute winner to give in-form Aston Villa a 1-0 win at Sheffield United. The Scotland midfielder curled in a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area to snatch three points and secure a victory that lifts Villa up to third following a fifth straight victory. Related: Unfit Tim Cahill made to wait before making Millwall return Continue reading...