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SAFC Blog: Brendan Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time

Brendan Rogers among favourites to be Sunderland boss Credit: PA

By Martyn McFadden

It’s been a week of misinformation and speculation as far as Sunderland are concerned, culminating in us being managerless yesterday afternoon.

The Sunday papers said "Advocaat quits Cats", but he hadn’t. They also said the Congerton left on Friday, or Saturday, but he didn’t. It would have been nice had there been a club statement that simply said yes or no to the Congerton question, although the Director of Football/Sporting Director role at Sunderland has been proven to be at best suspect, and at worst totally inefficient.

I doubt if there’d be many tears shed on Wearside if the answer was "yes." Then, of course, came announcement that Dick had indeed left, apparently of his own volition and without financial compensation. New manager, please.

The second most important thing at the moment is to get some points on the board, and the performance against West Ham, first half in particular, showed that we can play football.

In what was by far our best performance of the season, we should have been over the hill and far away from the Hammers by half time, but firstly allowed the visitors back into it, and then to draw level. Poor goalkeeping for the second, and a freshly-booked Cattermole holding back to allow the cross for the first. Add 90 minutes of inconsistent refereeing, a spot of stupidity by Lens, and it was a typical outcome for a Sunderland "improved performance."

As I write, I have no idea who will be the next boss. Allardyce is the easy target for speculation, Dyche had a good plan but insufficient quality at Burnley to make it work, Vieira says he's not interested but lacks experience anyway and Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time.

Therefore, I don't know who's next. We'll find out soon enough, I hope



Missing Morpeth man: Police appeal for help

Lloyd Neal, 63, from Morpeth, has been missing since 10am on Tuesday, September 29th.

Credit: Northumbria Police

He is described as a white, 6' tall, of medium build with short grey hair and a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing a red jacket, dark grey trousers and walking boots.

Lloyd's family and police are concerned for his welfare and are appealing for him to make contact with them.

Anybody who sees Lloyd or knows of his whereabouts should call police immediately.

Pictures: First seal pup of the year born on Farne Islands

The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast, marking the start of this year’s annual seal count by the Islands’ resident rangers.

The seals only leave the colony when they've moulted their white fur Credit: National Trust
  • Every year over 1,500 pups are born on the islands
  • They have an estimated population of 5,000 seals
  • Rangers spend three months each autumn counting the seals
  • Breedings starts in mid-September and most pups are born in October and November
Mother and child catch the autumn sun Credit: National Trust

A typical day for the rangers involves landing on the seal colonies to monitor the birth of the pups. Once born, they’re sprayed with a harmless dye to indicate the week they are born, which allows the Rangers to keep an accurate count. The job is not as easy as it sounds, as protective mother seals can become aggressive when the rangers get too close.

Credit: National Trust

The public can visit the island - and its seals - by making a short boat trip from Seahouses.

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