Sunderland AFC news: Black Cats slammed, new role for Rodwell, January swoop for defenders

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
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The 6-2 horrow show at Everton has dominated today's headlines for Sam Allardyce's despondent Sunderland side.

Pundits and former managers have been queuing up to have their say on the second-half collapse at Goodison Park that left Sunderland floored.

Ex-England boss Graham Taylor has described it as one of the "worst" defensive performances he has ever witnessed.

Read what the former Watford, Wolves and Aston Villa boss said here.
Meanwhile, former Sunderland manager Peter Reid has also been reflecting on the Everton defeat.

Reid told Breathe Sport: "Thoroughly deserved victory for Everton in a very open game! Big Sam needs to get the lads on the training ground as their defending left a lot to be desired and he would have expected to get something at 2-2.

"But, take nothing away from Everton, who played with pace and showed great passing. People will give Kone a nod for MOTM but I would give it Lukaku; great performance from the big man."

Allardyce was hit with a major injury blow in the run up to the Everton game, with John O'Shea, Fabio Borini, Ola Toivonen and Younes Kaboul both out injured.

Ex-Man City midfielder Jack Rodwell ended up in central defence and he has revealed to the Echo that he would be comfortable playing there.
Rodwell told the Echo: “I think the manager felt like he had to change something yesterday, but the game was long gone already.

“It’s a comfortable position for me. It’s where I played as a youth team player, all the way up to England Under-21s really."

Meanwhile, with January just around the corner, Allardyce will be looking to reinforce his defensive options.

Chris Young says that has to be the priority when the transfer window opens. Read his analysis here:
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