Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has demanded more from his players as they put their Premier League future on the line in a pivotal fixture.Read the full story ›
Sunderland AFC have this evening completed the signing of Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old defender is a former Germany Under 21 international. He has put pen-to-paper on an eighteen-month deal which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2017.
Although he did not seen much action in with Bayern, Kirchoff, who is 6'5'', spent last season on loan to another top German club Schalke.
In an interview with SAFSEE tonight, Kirchoff said he was "just a normal hard-working guy" who tries to give one hundred percent in each game.
Sam Allardyce has vowed that striker Jermain Defoe will only leave Sunderland this month if the club receives an offer it cannot refuse.
The 33-year-old striker demonstrated his career-long ability to find the back of the net with a priceless double in last Saturday's 3-1 Barclays Premier league victory over Aston Villa.
Defoe, who arrived at the Stadium of Light from FC Toronto almost 12 months ago, has been linked with a return to former club Bournemouth, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell during his time at West Ham.
However his current manager insists that his most potent frontman will not be leaving unless chairman Ellis Short is presented with a a proposition he simply cannot ignore.
Allardyce said: "We haven't had a bid for him, for one, and I suppose if I had had a bid for him, I'd have probably turned it down - unless it was that big a bid that the owner had told me, 'This bid is so big, Sam, that we can't afford to turn it down', and every club has that scenario.<
"But no, we haven't had a bid for Jermain and no, we don't want to sell him."
Meanwhile, Allardyce also looked ahead to the weekend's FA Cup tie against Arsenal.
See what the Sunderland manager had to say here:
Sunderland earned an important 3 - 1 victory at home to the Premier League's bottom team, Aston Villa.
Patrick van Aanholt opened the scoring for the Black Cats, though he was fortunate that his 20-yard shot deflected off Micah Richards.
Carles Gill equalised after the break, but Jermaine Defoe netted twice, earning what could be a vital three points for Sunderland.
Sam Allardyce says they have to 'hold their nerve' against Aston Villa - in what will be 'the biggest match of the season'.
Aston Villa sits at the bottom of the Premier League table, just one place below Sunderland.
This all-important match will take place at the Stadium of Light tomorrow (Saturday) and can be seen as a relegation battle.
This is how the Sunderland manager describes the tie:
The Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said his side were unlucky to lose to a 'lucky' Liverpool goal.
The strike, 22 seconds into the second half, meant a one-nil loss for the Black Cats - their 5th defeat in a row.
It means they sit second from bottom in the Premier League - one place above their next opponents Aston Villa.
This is what Sam Allardyce said after last night's match:
Sam Allardyce said it was doubtful that John O'Shea will be fit for Sunderland's clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.
The Black Cats may lose their Captain, after he limped through the final stages of their Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City.
Today, the Sunderland manager said he would give his skipper more time to prove his fitness, but a final decision will be made tomorrow.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has said Chelsea's current form is "staggering".
Speaking before the announcement Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager, Allardyce said: "We didn't expect [the club's] blip to last so long".
Watch his full press conference here:
The Black Cats could go level on points with Chelsea if they win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Two of Sunderland's upcoming games have been moved for TV broadcast.
Sunderland AFC’s forthcoming Barclays Premier League games against Manchester United and West Ham United have been selected for live transmission by BT Sport.
The Mannchester United game, which takes place on Saturday 13 February at the Stadium of Light, will now kick-off at the slightly earlier time of 12.45pm.
The away fixture against the Hammers, which takes place on Saturday 27 February at Upton Park, will also move to the earlier kick-off time of 12.45pm.
The pressure is now on for Allardyce to get results over the Christmas period, as entering January in the bottom three is a bad omen.Read the full story ›