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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet was appointed Sunderland manager in October 2013 following the departure of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan had previously spent time as assistant manager at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur before managing Brighton and Hove Albion from 2009-2013. Before his becoming a manager he enjoyed a successful playing career at Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham – as well being capped more than 25 times for Uruguay

Connor Wickham of Sunderland

Poyet warns Connor Wickham he must sign a new SAFC contract or move on

Connor Wickham is in the final year of his deal at Sunderland, and Gus Poyet says the Black Cats cannot afford to let him run down his contract

Liam Bridcutt of Sunderland

Liam Bridcutt says Patrick van Aanholt made the right decision in joining Sunderland

Liam Bridcutt and Patrick van Aanholt have now been reunited on Wearside, with the Dutch left-back joining Sunderland last week

Max Clayton

Sunderland in talks with Crewe over England youth striker Max Clayton

The Black Cats are discussing compensation with Crewe for out-of-contract frontman Max Clayton, following his trial on Wearside

Sunderland's Danny Graham

Sunderland to leave outcast Danny Graham behind as they head to Portugal for pre-season

Gus Poyet has confirmed there will be no place for Danny Graham in the squad he is taking to Portugal

Hartlepool United v Sunderland

Hartlepool United 0 Sunderland 3: James Hunter's match analysis

Sunderland's youngsters take centre-stage again as the Black Cats make it three wins out of three in pre-season

Fabio Borini of Sunderland

Sunderland remain keen on Fabio Borini despite agent talk

Black Cats are looking to Joel Campbell as an alternative if they can't land Borini

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

James Hunter: Sunderland must find a balance between quality AND quantity in their recruitment programme

Gus Poyet is concentrating on improving the quality of his squad, but James Hunter argues the numbers must also stack up

Jordi Gomez

Jordi Gomez aims to grasp his second Sunderland shot

Jordi Gomez is determined to prove himself at Sunderland, a club he could have joined in the past

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Sunderland recruitment worries understandable - but they've already done best deal

Getting Gus Poyet to sign a long-term contract was the most important deal of Sunderland's summer, even if they need more

Ex Sunderland player Connor Whickham celebrating

Connor Wickham rejects Sunderland's contract offer

England under-21 forward's future is in doubt after he knocks back Wearsider's original offer

Sunderlands' Ignacio Scocco

Sunderland may lose striker Ignacio Scocco who is wanted by former club

Black Cats are ready for a tug-of-war over the forward, who is wanted by former club Newell's

Ashley Williams of Swansea

Sunderland will be forced to look elsewhere for leadership after Ashley Williams snub

Sunderland want a statement signing and will now turn their attentions to Kurt Zouma of Chelsea to plug centre-back gap

Sunderland new signing El-Hadji Ba

El-Hadji Ba could be set to leave Sunderland on loan

Former France youth international El-Hadji Ba is being offered around Ligue 1 clubs as Sunderland look to offer him more first team football next year

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC

Sunderland will pitch for Chelsea's best youngsters to plug the gaps

Sunderland will try to exploit their links with Chelsea to fill the gaps in their squad the club's academy cannot

Chairman of Sunderland AFC, Ellis Short

Sunderland are in the market for a 'statement signing'

Sunderland owner Ellis Short has given the green light for The Black Cats to make a game-changing capture

The Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC

Sunderland play it cool on transfers, says Lee Congerton

Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton is relaxed about the club's summer transfer business

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone

Sunderland tell Vito Mannone to battle for number one jersey

Sunderland have moved quickly to dispel talk emanating from Italy that Vito Mannone had asked to leave following Costel Pantilimon’s signing on Monday

Luis Suarez

The Agenda: Gus Poyet warns England about Luis Suarez's 'deadly beauty'

Three Lions have got out of the group stages in the last 11 World Cups - but Suarez's return could upstage Roy's young stars

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher told to return to pre-season training a week early by Sunderland

Black Cats forward Steven Fletcher wants to prove his fitness ahead of new season after being told he has a clean slate next year

Jack Colback

Don Hutchison: Too much is made of crossing the Tyne and Wear divide

Jack Colback is an excellent addition for Newcastle United and will find it easier than people say to pull on a black and white shirt

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