Adam Johnson

Dark times have followed the rapid rise of Byrne

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

Sam Allardyce transcript in full

The Sunderland manager was repeatedly asked about what the club knew with regards to Adam Johnson, who was this week found guilty on a charge of sexual activity with a minor

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