The club’s managing director, Lee Charnley, has spent £120m on 17 players in the last four transfer windows since he was promoted to the position
It was all sunshine and forward-thinking during the 31-year-old Irish lawyer’s early days as Sunderland’s chief executive. But the gloss soon wore off, first with the appointment of Di Canio as manager and now the Johnson grooming scandal
'I’m not the problem Steve, you’re the problem, not me. Don’t you dare suggest I have an agenda against you'
Manager tells press conference: 'I am not a lawyer, I’m a football manager'
Toon have spent big this season
Sunderland 0 Manchester City 1
The owner’s decision to put the club on a sound business footing has led to £120m being spent on players. And though the team is in relegation trouble again, there is a feeling the investment could soon pay dividends, writes Martin Hardy
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Andros Townsend is set to considerably increase the £40,000 a week Spurs pay him
Srnicek was part of the 'entertainers' team that took a city on a magical adventure from second bottom of Division Two to the brink of winning the Premiership
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It is 20 years since their last FA Cup success but a quartet of young talents has stoked the belief on the blue half of Merseyside that a new golden era is dawning
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McClaren admitted his coaching staff had deliberately tried to provoke a reaction from his players this week
Vardy equalled Ruud van Nistlerooy's Premier League record of scoring in 10 straight matches