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It feels imperative Sunderland at least get another point at Villa next week

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Tom Binns has a bit of previous on the radio. He was fired by a local radio station for dissing the Queen's Speech in 2009. Ten years earlier, Tony Blair's apparatchiks tried to have Binns sacked from Xfm for dissing New Labour (a badge of honour for any comedian).

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Craig Gordon's stay at Sunderland is over, after being supplanted by Sebastian Mignolet this season, and he has said he would like a return to Scotland. The £9m goalkeeper is one of three departures from the Stadium of Light.
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<b>Craig Gordon, 29</b> – Goalkeeper, signed for £9m in 2007, played 95 times.
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<b>Jordan Cook, 22</b> – Striker, played 3 times.
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<b>Ryan Noble, 19</b> – Striker, played 6 times.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon considering retirement

The 30-year-old is without a club after leaving Sunderland at the end of last season

Jack Wilshere holds off the advances of Lee Cattermole on Saturday

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Palace guard: The Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, filmed for a year in The Aristocrats

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Sunderland winger James McClean received death threats over refusal to wear poppy, says Martin O'Neill

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David Moyes resigned to losing Marouane Fellaini if Everton fail to finish in top four

Manager accepts key men will always leave if he cannot win trophies or reach European Cup

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Martin O'Neill to assess Sunderland side ahead of Everton match

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will assess knocks to a couple of players before deciding on his starting line-up at Everton.

Travelodge to create 200 new jobs

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Sunderland: Potential last minute transfer deals

The transfer window is due to shut at 11pm this Friday, but will your club be making any last minute deals?

Louis Saha has scored three goals in five games for Spurs

Former Tottenham striker Louis Saha joins Sunderland on one-year deal

Sunderland have signed free agent Louis Saha to boost their striking options on the eve of the new season.

Niall Quinn (second right), Sunderland's director of international development, is joined by Tullow's (from left) Ike Duker, Aidan Heavey and Tutu Agyare at the launch of Invest in Africa in Accra, Ghana

Sunderland's new backer triggers concerns over sponsor suitability

There are growing concerns surrounding the suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor, Invest in Africa, amid claims from the oil watchdog Platform that the initiative's founding partner, Tullow Oil, is responsible for damaging business practices.

Niall Quinn (second right), Sunderland's director of international development, is joined by Tullow's (from left) Ike Duker, Aidan Heavey and Tutu Agyare at the launch of Invest in Africa in Accra, Ghana

Concerns over suitability of Sunderland's new sponsor

Tullow spokesman says Invest in Africa 'not a front' as NGOs question club's new partnership

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