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Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke is at the David Moyes press conference. Follow him on Twitter @sorourkeITV

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Moyes arrives for first SAFC press conference

David Moyes is holding his first press conference as Sunderland manager. He has just returned, with his team, from a pre-season tour of Switzerland and France. He is speaking to the press before flying out to take on German side Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Who is David Moyes? A few things you need to know about the new Sunderland boss

David Moyes in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016 Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

David Moyes

  • The 53-year-old Scot has vast experience of the Premier League and earned plaudits for his work during an 11-year stint as Everton manager.
  • In 2013, Moyes was the 'chosen one' for the unenviable task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. But with the reigning champions sitting seventh in the league, he was shown the exit door at Old Trafford after just 10 months in charge.
  • In a bid to restore his managerial reputation, Moyes went to La Liga with Real Sociedad. However, his tenure in Spain lasted just over a year and he's been out of work since November 2015.

Sunderland announce pre-season friendlies in France

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Sunderland have announced they're going to travel to France next month as preparations for the 2016-17 Premier League season get underway.

The Black Cats will be based in the south-eastern region of the country for seven days, and have three friendly games scheduled during their stay.

The week-long trip begins with:

  • A game against FC Stade Nyonnais on Monday 25 July
  • Sam Allardyce’s side will then face Dijon FCO on Wednesday 27 July
  • The tour is capped off with a fixture against Montpellier HSC, on Saturday 30 July.

The games are being played at neutral venues and not at the home stadiums of teams involved.

Stadium and ticket details will be confirmed as soon as possible - find out more here

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England beat Australia in Sunderland

Marcus Rashford scored with only his fourth touch of the game. Credit: PA

England beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with teen debutant Marcus Rashford scoring a brilliant goal in the second minute with only his fourth touch of the game.

Wayne Rooney smashed in a second for Roy Hodgson's side – his first England goal as a sub – before an Eric Dier headed own goal gave Australia some hope midway through the second half.

Sunderland plans 'twice the size' fan zone for England Game

England's Jamie Vardy (centre), Daniel Drinkwater (right) and Gary Cahill during the training session at St George's Park, Burton. Credit: PA (library image)

Fans attending to forthcoming England international at Sunderland's Stadium of Light will be able to visit a new 'twice the size' Fan Zone.

The game against Australia will take place on Friday 27th May.

Located on the south side of the stadium, the Fan Zone will open from 3pm.

It'll close just before kick-off, and re-open again at the final whistle.

Supporters are being advised to arrive early for the game, with approach roads and transport networks expected to be very busy.

Roads immediately surrounding the stadium will be closed to traffic and there is no on-site parking.

Match-goers are advised to use public transport where possible and city centre car parks for parking and drop-off points.

Sunderland release new Premier League season tickets

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Sunderland have announced they are now selling season tickets for the 2016-17 Premier League season at the Stadium of Light.

They confirmed their place in the top flight last night after a 3-0 win over Everton last night (Wed)

  • Adult season cards are available from £380
  • Sunderland supporters aged over 65 will pay £280
  • Under 16s season cards are £79
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