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Sam Allardyce arrives at Sunderland for training

Sam Allardyce arrives for training with Sunderland amid speculation that he will be named England boss on Thursday

Sunderland release statement over Allardyce 'speculation'

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce on the phone during the pre-season friendly match at Victoria Park Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager despite speculation that he is set to become the next England manager.

The 61-year-old was at Victoria Park for the club's opening pre-season match against Hartlepool United. But widespread reports suggest the Football Association will announce him as Roy Hodgson's successor in the next 24 hours.

However, Sunderland have played down those reports with the following statement:

Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.

We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.

– Sunderland AFC

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Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager in next 24 hours

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours.

That's according to reports from Press Association Sport.

Sam Allardyce is with SAFC tonight as they take on Hartlepool tonight at Victoria Park.

He has been interviewed for the role left vacant by Roy Hodgson.

Adam Johnson lodges new appeal against conviction

Adam Johnson has lodged a second appeal against his child sex convixtion Credit: PA

Disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has lodged a second appeal against his child sex conviction and sentence.

The former Sunderland and Middlesbrough footballer was jailed for six years in March after being found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

He had an initial application for leave to appeal rejected but has now lodged a new appeal.

A spokesperson for the Court of Appeal confirmed Johnson's documents have been received and said the appeal will now go before a panel of three judges.

His solicitor Paul Morris also confirmed the appeal to ITV News Tyne Tees.

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