Sunderland wait on Bruce after job offer
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Sunderland were last night awaiting Steve Bruce's reply to their offer of a contract at the Stadium of Light. Bruce met Niall Quinn in Dublin on Monday night for the first time since Wigan Athletic granted Sunderland permission to speak to Bruce and the two clubs agreed compensation. The length of the contract offered is unknown.
Bruce is considering the offer. He is expected to accept and may be unveiled today as Sunderland's new manager. But with Bruce bringing assistant Eric Black and goalkeeping coach Nigel Spink with him, there is more than one deal to be finalised. Bruce is handsomely rewarded by Wigan for keeping them in the Premier League but Sunderland are more ambitious than that as of next season and his contract offer may reflect that.
Should he accept there is a growing belief that Bruce will try to take Lee Cattermole with him to Sunderland. Bruce thinks highly of the 21-year-old midfielder and he is the type of feisty player Sunderland lack. Bruce made Cattermole captain of Wigan aged 20.
A product of Middlesbrough's academy, Cattermole was sold by Boro for £3.5m last summer. He had a successful first season at Wigan, though one tarnished by reckless tackles on two Newcastle players, Habib Beye and Joey Barton. But it is thought Cattermole would relish a move back to the North-east.
Salid Moallem leans forward in the armchair of the Paris Intercontinental Opera. "It's all on the record," he snaps. It usually is. The Syrians can be up- front when you least expect it. Syria's Foreign Minister is one of their top negotiators, a man who knows Israel's diplomats almost as well as they know themselves, who understands all the traps of the Middle East.
Tell me who murdered Rafiq Hariri, I ask him. And Mr Moallem grins bleakly and reaches into his jacket pocket. His beefy hand emerges clutching a wad of pale green Syrian hundred-pound notes. "Tell me the answer and you can take all my money," he says. He may see evil among Syria's enemies but he will speak no evil, certainly not of the French. "We are building trust with the French," he says. Syria is ready to co-operate on the prevention of illegal immigration, against "what you in the West call 'terrorism'" and opening a developed economic partnership. And Mr Moallem can be a bit preachy into the bargain."You in the West have a moral duty in Europe to educate the United States more about the Middle East. If they don't listen to you, they will not listen to us. They will continue withcan be a bit preachy into the bargain."You in the West have a moral duty in Europe to educate the United States more about the Middle East. If they don't listen to you, they will not listen to us. They will continue with
Marvel has released the first teaser trailer a week early after it leaked online
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Arsenal player ratings
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'