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Sunderland to open talks with Allardyce

Sam Allardyce left West Ham in the summer. Credit: PA

Sunderland have targeted former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce as the man to replace Dick Advocaat.

Allardyce, who left West Ham in the summer, is no stranger to Sunderland having represented the club as a player.

The former Bolton boss is thought to be keen on taking the role at the Stadium of Light despite their lowly position in the league.

Black Cat officials are keen to get a deal done before the club's next game against West Brom.


Manager Advocaat leaves Sunderland

Sunderland have confirmed manager Dick Advocaat has left the Premier League club.

The former Rangers boss successfully kept the Black Cats in the division last season, but the club currently sit bottom of the table without a win this season.

I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me. This is a very special football club with so many great people, but I feel it is the right time to do this - not for me, but for the club.

I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time to turn things around - like we did last year. I am thankful to the chairman (Ellis Short) for understanding my feelings and I remain on good terms with everyone at the club.

I wish Ellis, Lee, all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, who made me feel so welcome here, the very best of luck for the rest of the season. I have some wonderful memories to take with me and I hope I will return to see everybody again in the future.

– Dick Advocaat

Leeds sign Sunderland winger on loan

Buckley has joined Leeds on loan. Credit: PA

Leeds have completed the formalities of Will Buckley's loan move from Sunderland.

Buckley, 25, who has been training with Leeds this week, has finalised an emergency loan deal that will keep him at Elland Road until January 2 and could make his debut in the home game against Birmingham on Saturday.

Buckley told the club's official website: "I wanted to go out and get some games at a big club and Leeds was the perfect opportunity for me to do that."


Sunderland skipper thankful for Bournemouth loan

John O'Shea is now Sunderland captain. Credit: PA

John O'Shea will return to Bournemouth on Saturday eternally grateful for the day Sir Alex Ferguson sent him there to toughen him up for the glittering career ahead of him.

The then 18-year-old Manchester United defender was dispatched to Dean Court on a three-month loan deal in January 2000 at the start of a near 12-year spell at Old Trafford, which saw him win the Champions League, five league titles and both the FA Cup and League Cup, as he took an important step towards learning his trade.

It was a crucial stage for me because I was playing reserve team football at Manchester United and the manager felt that the rough and tumble of Division Two at the time, League One now, would have been ideal for me.

I played a good few games under Mel Machin, who was the manager at Bournemouth and Sean O'Driscoll was the coach, the assistant manager at Liverpool now.

They wanted to play football the right way, but also they made me understand how important it was playing for points. Playing for a team's survival in leagues like that was a crucial development stage for me, and also playing with good, experienced players too, learning my craft. It was a great experience.

– John O'Shea speaking to SAFSee

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