Bordeaux in talks to land Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole on a loan deal

• Midfielder keen to join Gus Poyet but wage is a problem
• Club also keen to offload Didier N’Dong and Papy DjilobodjiLee Cattermole could swap League One for Ligue One and become a Bordeaux midfielder before the end of the month as Sunderland attempt to reduce their wage bill by loaning out three high-earners. With Bordeaux managed by Gus Poyet, who brought the best out in Cattermole during a stint in charge on Wearside, the move appeals to the 30-year-old and the clubs are discussing a compromise over remuneration. Continue reading...

Jack Ross keen to write a thrilling new chapter in Sunderland’s history | Louise Taylor

The Scot, an author of children’s books, has taken on the huge task of reviving the Wearside club after two relegations but a change of ownershipThe last time Jack Ross moved south of Hadrian’s Wall things swiftly ended in tears. A League One assignment at Hartlepool concluded with the then right-back complaining of homesickness before going awol and fleeing home to Scotland. Related: Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation | Louise Taylor Continue reading...

Liam Miller: Irish sport body allows charity game for late Man Utd star – report

Gaelic Athletic Association reportedly relents on foreign games ban to let stadium host match raising funds for Miller’s family Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association has reportedly relented following considerable public pressure and will now allow a charity game for the family of the late Ireland, Manchester United and Celtic star Liam Miller to be played in one of its stadiums. Miller died aged 36 from pancreatic cancer in February. Continue reading...

Chris Coleman appointed manager of Chinese club Hebei China Fortune

  • Coleman left Sunderland at the end of the season
  • The Welshman replaces Manuel Pellegrini at Hebei
Former Wales and Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is the new manager of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, according to the club’s Weibo page. Coleman replaces Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s manager after the Chilean left to take charge at West Ham last month. Related: Jack Ross appointed Sunderland manager on two-year deal Continue reading...

Sunderland’s new owner likely to appeal against demotion of women’s team

• Stewart Donald likely to go to arbitration by 11 June
• Women’s side likely to have to start season in third tierSunderland’s new owner, Stewart Donald, has voiced concern for the fate of his club’s women’s team and indicated that Melanie Copeland and her players may no longer be regarded as an unwanted drain on resources. On Monday Sunderland Ladies became the biggest losers in the Football Association’s restructure of the English women’s leagues when they lost top-flight status, were refused a second-tier slot and found themselves left hoping to be accommodated on the third rung of the domestic pyramid. Continue reading...

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...