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Poyet lists Sunderland achievements in statement

Gus Poyet has revealed he was "disappointed" to be sacked by Sunderland, but "honoured" to have managed the Premier League club.

Poyet is proud of his achievements at Sunderland. Credit: PA

In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Poyet used the opportunity to list his achievements at the club, including three wins against local rivals Newcastle, last season's League Cup run and famous victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

"I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland but I am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager," he said.

Expanding on his time at the club, which dates back to October 2013 when he was appointed with the club rooted to bottom of the Premier League, Poyet explained:

I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure, not least reaching the club’s first cup final in 22 years when we took more than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from home.

I will never forget winning at Old Trafford last May, Sunderland’s first league victory there since 1968, which came shortly after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

– Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Rodwell pleased to have experienced Sunderland boss

Jack Rodwell is backing the vast experience of new head coach Dick Advocaat to drag Sunderland out of relegation trouble.

Rodwell is pleased with Sunderland's new manager. Credit: PA

The 67-year-old Dutchman was handed the task of preserving the club's Barclays Premier League status on Tuesday just hours after Gus Poyet's reign on Wearside was brought to an abrupt conclusion.

Advocaat will have just nine games in which to complete his mission with the Black Cats sitting precariously a point above the drop zone, but midfielder Rodwell is confident his knowledge and background will stand him in good stead.

His CV speaks for itself, really. A man of his experience, it's always good to come into, especially for young players like myself and a few of the other lads, so it's all good. We are all raring to go.

He has come in, he's had a little initial meeting with us. Obviously, he's only been here two days and I'm sure the next couple of days, he will have a lot more to say about opponents and all that.

– Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell

Adam Johnson returns to Sunderland training

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has returned to training after the club lifted his suspension.

Johnson has returned to training at Sunderland. Credit: PA

The 27-year-old midfielder was suspended by the Black Cats earlier this month following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, but will now be free to resume while the police investigation continues.

A club statement said:

The club has discussed the current position in detail with both the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and Adam's representatives.

In line with those discussions we recognise that the player is entitled to re-commence his duties with the club while the legal process continues. He will therefore return to training.

The club's own investigation cannot continue until the conclusion of the legal process. Sunderland AFC will make no further comment on the matter due to the ongoing police investigation.

– AFC Sunderland statement

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet charged by the FA

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the FA following his touchline altercation with Steve Bruce and dismissal against Hull.

Poyet was sent to the stands following the incident. Credit: PA

A statement on the FA website read:

It is alleged that his (Poyet's) behaviour in the 35th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct. He has until 6pm on 9 March 2015 to respond to the charge.

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce has been contacted by The FA in relation to the same incident and formally reminded of his responsibilities.

– FA statement

Johnson out on bail after underage sex claim arrest

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Johnson has been released on bail and suspended by his club. Credit: PA

The England international was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old.

He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Durham Constabulary said a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 years had been released on bail "pending ongoing investigations".

A statement from Sunderland said:

Sunderland AFC has confirmed that Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation. No further comment will be made at the present time.

– Sunderland football club statement
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