David Preece

David Preece: Why Jordan Pickford’s Everton move makes sense – £30m will be a bargain

Jordan Pickford to Everton is just about the perfect move for him at this stage in his career and makes sense for everyone concerned.

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Simon Grayson has been linked with the Sunderland job.

David Preece: Sunderland players will be hoping appointment of new boss happens sooner rather than later

It will be a strange time for the players who are still under contract at the Stadium of Light this summer.

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Gianluigi Buffon

David Preece: Catwalk cool, the Chanel of goalkeeping – Gianluigi Buffon is greatest ever

Ronaldo or Messi? It’s a question that will be discussed until the day only cockroaches roam the Earth and all its land is barren.

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Former Sunderland boss David Moyes

David Preece: Sunderland deserve a boss who thinks he can do the job and wants to be here. That would be a start.

You can divide the world into two halves; those who can and those who can’t. Almost from the very moment the season began at the Stadium of Light, David Moyes became a can’t.

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Empty seats at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

David Preece: EVERYONE at Sunderland should have shown appreciation to fans

The words echoed around the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon: ‘At least we’ll win a few more games next season’.

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Aaron Lennon

David Preece: Not just footballers have problems, but we don’t have to handle them alone

I had been in bed for three days.

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Dejected Sunderland players walk off after defeat to Bournemouth confirmed relegation.

David Preece: Difficult to imagine that this year’s relegation will be a catalyst for Sunderland like drop in 1997

So that’s that then.

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Sam Allardyce, when times were good on Wearside.

David Preece: North East once a hot bed of football, now it’s being dragged across the coals

It all started so well. The alarm on my iPhone went off at 6.30am. I’d left the curtains open so the sunlight would force me up and out of bed. It did.

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Steven Gerrard.

David Preece: Academy pressure can leave kids hating game they once loved

In football utopia, all footballers would be as balletic in their movements as Rudolf Nureyev with the deftness of touch Michaelangelo had with a paintbrush.

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Jordan Pickford: Bidding war on the way for Sunderland's outstanding young keeper.

David Preece: Outdated Sunderland need this football revolution

In the end, it was a procession. Manchester United never really had to move out of second gear and when they did put their foot down, invariably they scored.

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Comedian Jim Davidson sprang to David Moyes defence

David Preece: Let’s not turn clock back to 1970s – David Moyes’ comments wouldn’t have been funny then, either

There are still some men who think there is no place in football for women. It’s a man’s game, you see.

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Jermain Defoe scored for England during the international break

David Preece: How I feared a Mafia hit one international break – but it was just a marriage proposal

International breaks aren’t something to be looked forward to these days. Except, perhaps, by the players who are left behind, giving them the chance to sun themselves in Dubai for a few days.

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The old Vaux brewery

David Preece: Sunderland as a city and club must fight apathy and connect with people again

When I left home, I vowed I’d never return to Sunderland to live until I had become a success.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shares a joke with Raheem Sterling during the training session at the City Football Academy

David Preece: Pep Guardiola knows benefit of having his Manchester City team looking like winners

I’ve always prescribed to the notion ‘If you look good, you feel good’.

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Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings (left) and Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

David Preece: Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic kerfuffle is an age-old physical battle in football

I wouldn’t say I’m mad.

Leicester City's players responded to Claudio Ranieri's exit with an impressive performance to thump Liverpool. Picture by Frank Reid

David Preece: Players’ views on managers invaluable – if clubs can trust their opinions

I’ve got a question for you: Who do you think are the people in a football club best placed to judge whether there’s a need for a change of manager or not?

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Wayne Shaw eating a pie during the game. Photo: BBC1

David Preece: I won’t scoff at Sutton United’s Wayne Shaw over pie affair

I wore a pair of gold boots in a game once.

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Bradley Lowery after he fell asleep on Sunderland football player Jermain Defo

The story of Sunderland’s Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe might just be the most touching of them all

The day they began to pull down Roker Park was a sad one for us all.

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Leicester City captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Barclays Premier League last season.

David Preece: Ranieri needs to get a grip or it’s destination Championship for Leicester City

Momentum moves with great force in both directions. Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City are finding that out this season.

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Sunderland manager David Moyes and his backroom staff in the dug out at Burnley

David Preece: No direction and little hope ... feels like Groundhog Day again for Sunderland

I love Groundhog Day. Have you seen it? The film starring Bill Murray where his character relives the same day over and over. Brilliant isn’t it?

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