No doubt you've heard by now that Sunderland have been fined for fielding an illegible player back at the start of the season, with Ji Dong-Won playing five times for the Black Cats despite not actually being internationally cleared to do so.
Ji, who has since moved to Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season ahead of an already agreed summer transfer to Borussia Dortmund, played in four Premier League ties (three defeats and a draw) and one Carling Cup game for Sunderland back in October though the club were later fined by the Premier League after it came to light anadministrative error meant the South Korean striker didn't have the necessary paperwork to play.
Tim Howard surely did not envision Boxing Day to go like this.
Taking on Sunderland in a Premiership fixture, Howard was controversially ejected in the 23rd minute after it appeared that he brought down Ki Sung-Yueng on a clear chance in the penalty area on Thursday.
Hull manager Steve Bruce says he made a mistake when he took charge of Sunderland. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the two sides, Bruce admitted he would probably pass on the opportunity to manage the Black Cats given the chance to make his decision again. The former Manchester United defender believes his Newcastle roots [.
The beginning of the English Premier League season hasn't gone well for Sunderland and Jozy Altidore. The Black Cats sit in last place in the league table and parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canioafter five weeks, zero wins and one point in the league.
It'd been in the pipeline for a while but, as of this morning, Sunderland have officially appointed Gus Poyet as their new manager replacing Paolo Di Canio, who was binned a week or so ago for being...well, a bit silly really.
The former Brighton boss joins The Black Cats on a two-year deal, thus becoming the club's sixth manager in five years.
Leading the queue of those hoping for a second chance at Sunderland after Paolo Di Canio's sacking is the club condiments. Ketchup and mayonnaise banned by the Italian during his time in charge have been reinstated in the Black Cats' canteen with the permission of caretaker manager Kevin Ball. The temporary boss is [.
Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.
1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]
It's safe to say that Sunderland supporters are not pleased with what they've seen from Paolo Di Canio's side so far this season. A 3-0 defeat at West Brom yesterday prompted an angry reaction from some supporters. The Black Cats boss went onto the pitch at the Hawthorns and tried to engage the fans in [.
Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is said to be furious with his players after they lost a behind-closed-doors friendly to the club's Under-21 side. The Italian boss organised a private practice match against the development squad to keep up the first-team's fitness levels during the international break.
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is set for a loan move to Sunderland after the player was spotted arriving at the Black Cats' training ground. Borini, 22, joined the Reds from Roma last summer in a deal worth an estimated Â£10.5 million. However, after an injury-hit first season and the arrival of a clutch of attackers, including Daniel Sturridge, Iago Aspas and Victor Moses, the Italy international has slipped down the pecking order.
Sunderland summer signing Jozy Altidore opened his goalscoring account for the club with this effort against MK Dons in last night's Capital One Cup clash. The USA international scored the first of four goals in the last 12 minutes for the Black Cats as they came from 0-2 down to record a 4-2 win. Altidore [.
Jose Fonte's 88th minute equalizer denied Sunderland their first win of the season, in a thrilling match at St. Mary's stadium.
The two sides that flirted with relegation last season were keen on bolstering their squad, by adding a few marquee signings to their roster, this summer. Mauricio Pochettino acquired the likes of Victor Wanyama and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, while Paolo Di Canio snagged Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini.
Sunderland have suspended right-back Phil Bardsley after he mocked their defeat to Fulham at the weekend on a social networking site. The former Manchester United youngster was already a Black Cats outcast. He had been frozen out of the first-team by Paolo Di Canio and not given a squad number for the new season after [.
Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.
Wigan have had a bid for Sunderland winger James McClean accepted. The Black Cats have agreed to sell the Republic of Ireland international for an undisclosed fee, the Press Association reports. The former Derry City player burst onto the scene under Martin O'Neill in the second half of the 2011/12 season, but struggled to make [.
A Sunderland fan photographed making a monkey gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku has been given an 18-month conditional discharge and been banned from football matches for three years. Liam Jones, aged 22, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress during the Black Cats' home defeat to West Bromich Albion in November 2012.
Last season Sunderland found themselves struggling to keep their heads above the murky waters of relegation. A quick look at the club's statistics from last year reveals that, despite being almost middle of the table in terms of goals conceded, the Black Cats managed to score just 41 goals. Only QPR and Stoke scored fewer.
While many may believe that Sunderland were headed for failure under the questionable leadership of manager Paolo Di Canio, the Black Cats have spent the summer completely rebuilding their first team and the results are already looking to be headed in the right direction according to results on Jul.
With six games remaining in the 2012-13 Premier League season, Sunderland desperately needed a win against fierce local rivals Newcastle to steer clear of the relegation zone. Against all odds, the Black Cats managed a 3-0 win at St James Park, led by their new talismanic and definitely-not-a-fascist manager Paolo Di Canio.
Transfer speculation surrounding the future of United States Men's National Team member Jozy Altidore for the last few weeks. Now it looks to be more than just rumors as the former New York Red Bull's forward looks to be on the move once again after two stellar campaigns with Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
Liverpool completed the Â£9 million signing of Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet earlier this week. A decent signing, we can probably all agree. The Belgian has acquitted himself very well in his time at the Stadium of Light. The 25-year-old has gone from Black Cats benchwarmer to one of the best keepers in the Premier League [.
Liverpool has completed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland on a long-term contract. The Reds agreed a deal with the Black Cats late last week but the 25-year-old only completed a medical at the club's Melwood training ground on Tuesday. After passing the medical the Belgium international put pen to paper on a long-term deal that sees him become Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer.
Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon is keen on a summer move to arch rivals Newcastle United. The 29 year-old Benin international who scored the opening goal in Paolo Di Canio's 3-0 victory at St. James' Park in April might be the first high profile sale of the Italian's controversial reign as boss of The Black Cats.
It's not a real day of the week without an entertaining Paolo Di Canio quote. The Sunderland manager is ready to wield the axe after getting fed up of the lack of discipline among his players. He said: "I don't care to have argument with my players but they have to go through the rules. [...]
Paolo Di Canio says he is tempted to slap Sunderland youngster Connor Wickham to ensure he fulfils his potential. The Black Cats boss is keen to see the 20-year-old live up to the expectations that came when he arrived on Wearside from Ipswich for Â£8.1 million two years ago. He said: "Maybe, with this guy, [.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam could have been forgiven for thinking the world was out to get him during last night's draw with Sunderland. Not only did he survive a potentially leg-breaking tackle, which saw the Black Cats' Craig Gardner sent-off, he also tangled with the advertising hoardings. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gardner is the man giving the [.
Aston Villa fans might have known that last night's match against Sunderland was going to be a good night from the moment defender Ron Vlaar stepped into midfield and drove the ball into the net from 30-yards. And the skipper's stunning strike ultimately set Paul Lambert's side on the way to a 6-1 thrashing of [.
Most people will see this as an unfortunate bit of pronunciation from Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio; Liverpool fans will probably see it as an accurate description. The Black Cats boss' post-match interview following last night's 6-1 spanking at Aston Villa was overshadowed by the Italian bending his use of his second language to breaking [.
Newcastle fans have mental scars from the last derby game, when Sunderland beat Newcastle 3-0 at St. James' Park, after the Black Cats had not won one game in their previous 11 league games. Alan Pardew mental scars Whether the Newcastle players have scars is another matter. but Alan Pardew today has said he [.
L'ira di Di Canio sui Black Cats Di Renato Cignoni Il sole splende sul Selhurst Park, casa del Crystal Palace, ma per il Sunderland di Paolo Di Canio Ã¨ sempre buio pesto. Fuori Altidore, infortunato, i black cats subiscono da subito la pressione del Palace che passa gi all'8Â° minuto: angolo battuto da CampaÃ±a, deviazione che colpisce la gamba di Gabbidon con la palla che finisce in rete.
1. Before you demonstrate a complete lack of cultural awareness, consider that biting is actually a very common gesture to signify good defending in Uruguay. 2. He might have a taste for human flesh, but Luis Suarez made the race for Champions League football very interesting with his late, late equaliser against Chelsea.
Mathieu Debuchy took advantage of some slack Sunderland defending to grab an equaliser for Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. The French right-back ghosted in at the back-post and was on hand to finish as the Black Cats switched off and let the ball run all the way across their area.
Liverpool look to have beaten rivals Sunderland to the signature of Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho, with the player agreeing terms at Anfield, according to the Shields Gazette. The Black Cats made an enquiry for Cissokho last month with manager Paolo Di Canio left frustrated in his attempts to bring in a new fullback at the Stadium of Light after Spurs blocked their attempts to re-loan Danny Rose.