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A selection of the latest SFC news and blog posts.
Lincoln City Factfile Sunderland will play Lincoln City next season after their promotion from League Two. Here is a quick factfile of the information you need to know.
'Ross given the green light' As the rumour mill continues to turn, safc.com take a look at the latest news surrounding the Lads…
Another one off Sunderland's summer shopping list as striker Freddie Ladapo joins Rotherham United Sunderland target Freddie Ladapo has joined Rotherham United. The Black Cats showed an interest in signing the Plymouth Argyle striker in January, but the Pilgrims' relegation from League One made him available this summer.
The clock is ticking and silence has fallen upon Sunderland - what's going on with our takeover? So should we be concerned? Several club figures - Donald, Charlie Methven and Jack Ross to name but a few - have admitted publicly that last summer we were not as prepared as we would have liked because of the turmoil and fallout that came with the change in ownership back then.
Top 50 Sunderland players of the past 25 years : Local talent & a current England player Four midfielders, four left-backs, two wingers, one striker and one ‘keeper make up part three, as we run down 25 to 14 in our ‘Top 50 Sunderland players of the past 25 years’ list!
Sunderland boss told he can sign players despite takeover - Oxford Utd in talks to bring back Everton and Watford loanees - Latest on Portsmouth, Blac Rotherham United are in talks to sign Sunderland target and Plymouth Argyle striker Freddie Ladapo after agreeing a £500,000 fee over the weekend. Read more here. Blackpool midfielder Jimmy Ryan will 'definitely leave' when his contract expires after two years at Bloomfield Road.
Fan Letters: "Uncertainty around Sunderland's ownership is affecting pre-season preparations!" I am disappointed that uncertainty around club ownership is once again affecting preparations for the new season ahead. Although a lot has been made of the clubs need to balance the books, the squad will need time to gel and would rather see the transfer business done much sooner than we have been seeing, especially given the start we face.
Roker Roundup: Is released Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter set for Champions League move?! Reports in Holland suggest that released Sunderland goalie Robbin Ruiter could be set to sign for a Champions League club, whilst a League One rival have edged ahead of us in the race to sign a sought-after centre forward.
Sunderland AFC news and transfers RECAP - Takeover latest; Black Cats wait for transfer breakthrough Sunderland players will return for the start of pre-season on Thursday as they look to put their Wembley heartbreak behind them.
Freddie Ladapo: Rotherham United reportedly make move for Sunderland striker target Plymouth Argyle's Freddie Ladapo is one of the strikers the Black Cats are thought to be considering, but Plymouth Live are reporting that Rotherham agreed a fee of around £500,000 for the 26-year-old at the weekend, and are now in talks with him.
Young joins Hoffenheim Jacob Young has completed a move to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Fan Letters: "Has Roker Report heard anything about Sunderland's move for Lawrence Shankland?" The proposed chase of Lawrence Shankland seems to gone very quiet, I would prefer him to Marquis - has Roker report heard anything? David Gardiner. Ed's Note : I've heard nothing concrete David, though we were contacted by someone anonymously the other day to say he'd been told Shankland was at the AOL last week for talks.
Top 50 Sunderland players of the past 25 years : Champions League winners & cult heroes! Five defenders, three midfielders and three strikers make up part two as we run down from numbers 36 to 26 in our ‘Top 50 Sunderland players of the past 25 years’ list!
Roker Roundtable: Does Sunderland's lack of transfer activity so far this summer concern you? Should we be concerned by Sunderland’s lack of transfer activity so far this summer? Our panel of Roker Report writers give their verdicts. What do you think? Let us know.
Sunderland have announced just THREE pre-season games - why do we appear to be so unprepared? Sunderland have only announced three pre-season friendlies thus far, just one week before the players return back to the Academy of Light for the first week of training ahead of the new season. Why do we appear to be leaving things as late as possible?
Roy Keane leaves assistant manager post at Nottingham Forest Roy Keane has left his post as Nottingham Forest's assistant manager in an effort to resurrect his own managerial career. He had been assistant to Martin O'Neill there since January.
Bury Factfile Sunderland will play Bury next season after the club were promoted from League 2 last season. Here is a quick factfile of what you need to know about them.
Top 50 Sunderland players of the past 25 years : One current player… and a Mag? If it wasn't for his horrific injury troubles, the truth is, John Mensah would have been playing Champions League football for a top, top team. Unfortunately for the Ghanian, his issues with a shriveled spinal chord severely restricted his game time - but when he was fit, there wasn't many better.
Tales From The Stands: Sunderland 3 Man City 1 - Who remembers the SOL's 1st league game? After the damp squib that was Sunderland’s draw with Ajax to open the SOL came our first league game, a 3-1 win over Manchester City on a Friday night under the lights. Remember it well?
Fan Letters: Are you worried about Sunderland's lack of transfer activity so far this summer? What an embarrassment - Lee Cattermole has been one our best players over last 10 years. Yes, that's right - the club has had nothing in that time from most players in regards to loyalty, such as Darren Bent, Gyan, Ndong, Kone, Khazri and Djilobodji or people left when we got relegated.
'Sunderland fans need to forget it' - Peterborough United chairman has his say on rumours MacAnthony spent his Saturday afternoon answering questions from supporters on Twitter, and issues around Sunderland came up more than once. While Posh have made eight signings already this summer, the Wearsiders are yet to make their first move and a right-winger who can add much-needed pace and creativity is high on their list.
Interview: Rotherham United journo gives the lowdown on winger linked with Sunderland transfer Jon Taylor - who has said he’d like a Championship move if possible - was heavily linked with a move to Sunderland earlier this week. But who is he, and what is he like? David Beddows from The Rotherham Advertiser gives us the lowdown.
Fan Letters: Would a switch to the 3-4-2-1 formation get the best from Sunderland & Honeyman? The latest debate on George Honeyman seemed to get our attention with the first email which was pretty much just an attack on the fella himself by a clown who unfortunately supports the same club as us. But every other email included after that was pretty one sided.
Tickets for South Shields vs Sunderland have now SOLD OUT And the Black Cats followed that up with a statement of their own on Friday as they revealed that their own allocation of tickets had been sold. A club statement said: "Tickets for Sunderland's pre-season friendly at South Shields have now sold out.
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