Italian hopes dust will settle on his controversial appointment but for now a potentially incendiary Tyne-Wear clash awaits
Newcastle next up after nine-game winless streak
New Sunderland manager has been a controversial appointment
Belgian stopper, who has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, forced to clarify comments
France Under-21 international is a defensive midfielder
Fee agreed for the France Under-21 midfielder
The two clubs have agreed a fee for the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford
James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.
Former Scotland international James McFadden was today poised to sign a short-term contract with Sunderland.
Scotland international James McFadden is set to sign a short-term contract at Sunderland in a bid to prove his fitness.
James McFadden is set to earn a one-year deal at Sunderland after impressing during a trial. The forward has been without a club since his contract at Everton expired in the summer.
Giovanni Trapattoni yesterday answered the pleas of a nation when he named the Sunderland winger James McClean in his squad for Euro 2012 this summer.
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As two of his old clubs meet, the defender tells Sam Wallace about still going at 40