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David Preece

David Preece: Sunderland are in trouble – but the time to worry is when they go paintballing

Home isn’t always where the heart is. It certainly isn’t when you’ve gone 306 days without out a win there.

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Wales' Joe Allen was taken off from the World Cup Qualifer with the Republic of Ireland with a suspected concussion.

David Preece: Sport must act to reduce major risks of concussion

There’s a documentary you should watch on Netflix, if you get the chance. It’s called Ice Guardians. It’s about the ‘enforcer’ players that until recently were a big part of ice hockey, especially in the NHL.

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Adrien Silva takes on Croatia's Luca Modric.

David Preece: Leicester’s £22m Silva woe was nothing compared to my transfer nightmare!

For those poor souls who are left in the abyss between heaven and hell, an eternity in limbo awaits them. That’s exactly where Adrien Silva finds himself now.

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Jason Steele looked shell-shocked at Portman Road.

David Preece: Sunderland performance felt like we’d scooped out our insides with butter knife and spoon

As a staunch advocate of not looking at the league table until we’re in to double figures of games played to stop any kind of knee-jerk reactions to early season results, it’s time to peek through my fingers and take stock of the situation.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left), players and staff sit dejected on the bench during the Carabao Cup, third round match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

David Preece: Jurgen Klopp must bung Liverpool’s defensive leaks – and fast!

Jurgen Klopp didn’t have to speak for everyone to know how he was feeling after Liverpool’s EFL Cup defeat at Leicester on Tuesday night.

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Newcomer Bernardo Silva lets fly for Manchester City in Monday's draw with Everton

David Preece: Why Jordan Pickford reminds me of Snoop Doggy Dogg and how I’m jealous of Manchester City

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty this week, but that’s nothing new. I’m probably being too honest here and committing some kind of cardinal sin, but sometimes you can’t help what you feel.

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Simon Grayson has gone for the relaxed  look

David Preece: Kevin Ball slaughtered my Paisley signing-on tie but Simon Grayson’s making better first impression

Anyone has ever experienced the joy of being driven around in any car that I’ve owned will tell you it’s an extension of my home. A kind of mobile annex or garage conversion on wheels.

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Virgil van Dijk

David Preece: Perhaps Virgil van Dijk is not as clever as he thinks

There are many things I regret not happening to me as a player.

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Darron Gibson

David Preece: Sunderland risk being dragged back in time after latest troubles

Happy 20th anniversary, everyone! Well, it would have been a happy one if it wasn’t for the fixture being hijacked by far-right antagoniser Tommy Robinson and visiting Celtic fans, the 5-0 defeat and then the ensuing fall-out from the Darron Gibson video that materialised from that evening’s festivities.

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Aiden McGeady

David Preece: Mercurial Aidan McGeady is the kind of talisman that Sunderland need

Never have I wanted a season to begin more than I do now.

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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson

David Preece: Simon Grayson is a sensible appointment by Sunderland at a testing time

Without great fanfare and as understated as ever, Simon Grayson became Sunderland’s 34th manager.

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Hartlepool players returned to training this week ahead of their National League campaign.

David Preece: Forget pre-season worries, most players just want a club

No matter how much ex-footballers tell you they hated pre-season, you’d have been hard pushed to find much evidence of back-to-school-blues come that first day back to training.

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Derek McInnes.

David Preece: Sunderland are left with managerial scraps from uninspiring list – just like with past transfers

Derek McInnes’s rejection wasn’t a surprise.

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Jordan Pickford

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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