SAFC News can infact confirm that manager Steve Bruce has quit due to family issues, it is believed that after taking the Sunderland jobm, Bruce a long time Newcastle fan has had rifts with his family over taking the job which has caused various rows and even resulting in a case of Domestic Violence being reported. We can also confirm that we do have a shortlist of managers and are planning on bringing the right man in, regardless of stature or cost.
The Shortlist :
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Whilst We await conformation on Sunderlands new manager lets have a more in depth look at the club itself. Noteably the Biggest competition won by Sunderland was a Terrific 1-0 Victory of then English Giants leeds in 1973. Since then there recent history has been a bit hit and miss. Sunderland returned to the Premier League as First Division champions in 1999 with a then-record 105 points. Two consecutive seventh place finishes in the Premier League were followed by two less successful seasons, and they were relegated to the second-tier with a then-record low 19 points in 2003. FormerIreland manager Mick McCarthy took over at the club, and, in 2005, he took Sunderland up as champions for the third time in less than ten years. However, the club's stay in the top flight was short-lived; as Sunderland were once again relegated, this time with a new record-low total of 15 points. McCarthy left the club in mid-season, and he was replaced temporarily by former Sunderland player Kevin Ball. The record-low fifteen-point performance was surpassed in the 2007–08 seasonby Derby County, who finished on eleven points.
Following the club's relegation, it was taken over by the Irish Drumaville Consortium, headed by ex-player Niall Quinn, who appointed former Manchester United captain Roy Keane as the new manager. Under Keane, the club rose steadily up the table with an unbeaten run of 17 games to win promotion to the Premier League, and were named winners of the Championship after beating Luton Town 5–0 at Kenilworth Road on 6 May 2007. The club's form in the 2007–08 season was better than during their last season in the Premier League, as they finished 15th with 39 points. Following an inconsistent start to the 2008–09 season Keane resigned, to be replaced by coach Ricky Sbragia, initially as caretaker manager though his position was later made permanent. After keeping Sunderland in the Premier League, Sbragia stepped down from his managerial post.Steve Bruce was then announced as the new Sunderland manager on 3 June, signing a three-year contract. Sunderland completed the signing of Ghana international Asamoah Gyan in August 2010 for a fee around £13 million, becoming their new record transfer fee.
Now Lets See what the new manager will have to work with :
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Craig Gordon, Record signing before Asamoah Gyan arrived, alot of potential and does play well but seems to be a confidence player, one bad game could set him off.
Simon Mignolet, the new lad will have to start many games this season due to Gordons Injury, looks good but a bit shakey, still young and will improve
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Phil Bardsley, a good background coming from Man Utd’s youth system, no nonsense strong quick defender, could be a big part of a European push.
Kieran Richardson, now transformed into a good attacking left back, great potential but never really had a position, hopefully a good stint could see him unlock his potential
Michael Turner, a throwback to traditional defending, big strong lad that loves a tackle and great in the air, could miss out on games against the likes of arsenal with pacey strikers.
John Mensah, on loan this season, when hes fit hes a top defender, but keeping him fit will be a big issue, how much he features is all upto him.
Marcos Angeleri, Not much is known about the lad but you don’t win 3 full caps for argentina without having something about you, but saying that Jonas from Newcastle played at the world cup.
Nedum Onouha, Great defender, naturally athletic and he can time a tackle well, will be looking to keep hold of him after the loan spell is over.
Titus Bramble, Some terrible mistakes early on in his career but seems to have ironed these mistakes out and a great coup at £1 million.
Anton Ferdinand, Seems to be the new Bramble, some top class defending then a lapse in concentration ruins his game, if the lad can get focused he can do well.
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Lee Cattermole, Brilliant player for any team to have but one youd hate to play against, loves a tackle and if he can time the right and not get sent off as much he could do well.
Jordan Henderson , Future England Star, the lad loves playing the game and is a lifelong supporter and will give absolutely Everything.
Bolo Zenden, Great lad to have in the squad, infact hes club captain, his experience and technique will do well to help some of the younger lads in the Locker Room
Steed Malbranque, Great dribbling ability but seems a bit small for the premier league but does give it all and has the potential to change and control a game.
Cristian Riveros, Defensive minded midfielder who can also score a goal as he showed in the world cup, gives everything and will be hoping to test himself.
Jack colback, Young midfielder with alot of ambition, could grow into a first team regular
Elmohamody, Pacey, tricky and fast, will do well on either wing and will excite the fans.
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Asamoah Gyan, Great striker, showed what he has at the world cup, surprisingly strong, great eye for goal, tricky and pacey.
Darren Bent, Great goalscorer, single handidly kept us up with his goals last year.
Frazier Campbell, Young striker who was in prolific form in preaseason but will miss most of this season with injury
Danny Welbeck, Young England starlet on loan from United, looking to impress Sir Alex Ferguson More than anything.
New Manager announced, lets have a look at how things unfolded.
Ian Holloway: “i love blackpool too much to leave, there a brilliant club and i want to do my very best here and sorry but my heart wouldn’t be in the job at sunderland”
Martin O’Neill “ Its too early for me to get back into football, especially after what happened at aston villa i don’t wanna deal with chairmen and men in suits who don’t know the game”
Rafa Benitez “ i aah want to ahh turn sunderland into aaa new Spanish giant, but theres a problem with them being an English club and ahh they cant play in spain”
After these 3 statements theres only one man left on the cards Ciaran Race. Now his appointment may be a shock to some fans but not to the sunderland board. The Lifelong Fan had been a coach within the youth system, after a short playing carrer which was ended due to a horrific leg break the young lad just 16 turned to coaching and had his badges within a few years, seen as a tactician and man manager the board are hopping the new young manager can bring the black cats up the table, with the top training facilities, good youth system and Brilliant Stadium everything is in place for a climb up the table.