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Sunderland want new manager at 'earliest opportunity'

Stadium of Light sign Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunderland are hoping to appoint a new manager "at the earliest opportunity" after Sam Allardyce was confirmed as the new England boss.

In a statement, the club said:

Sunderland AFC confirms the departure of Sam Allardyce, who takes up the position of England manager with immediate effect.

The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity.

– Sunderland AFC

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Allardyce 'honoured' by England appointment

Sam Allardyce has been officially named as England manager Credit: Football Association

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

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How to get to the Sunderland International Airshow (hint - arrive early!)

Credit: Sunderland City Council

The Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra services for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow.

Visitors are still being advised to allow plenty of time for their journey though between Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July on the Roker seafront.

We expect services to be busy on both days, Seaburn station in particular, with queues following the event. Extra Metros will be running but my message to customers is to please leave plenty of time for your journey.

“Extra staff at Metro stations will help customers to save time and avoid queueing at the ticket machines.

A DaySaver costs £4.80 and is valid for all day and all zone travel. It can also be used on the Shields Ferry and on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland.

We’d encourage people travelling to the event to buy a DaySaver to help make their journeys as quick and efficient as possible.”

– Paul Walker, Customer Service Director of DB Regio Tyne and Wear
  • Passengers are advised to buy a DaySaver ticket from any Metro station ticket machine to enable all day travel.
  • The nearest Metro station to the event is Seaburn, where extra customer service staff will be on duty to assist and sell Metro tickets to passengers in the queue.
  • Get all the latest live travel updates from the @My_Metro Twitter page, Tyne and Wear Metro Facebook page and at nexus.org.uk/metro

WATCH: Weatherman Ross joins the Tigers Parachute Display Team

The Sunderland Airshow is this weekend with over a million people expected to head to the east coast for the aerobatic displays

Ross went to the Skydive Academy near Peterlee to get a sneak peek - but ended up getting a bit more involved than he intended...

You can follow the display team on Twitter here: @TigersFFT

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