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Gary Rowell

Sunderland’s mentally fragile players will be pushed to the limits against Bolton and Middlesbrough

Sunderland travel to Bolton tonight and nobody from either club could possibly underestimate the importance of tonight’s result.

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Sunderland's dismal home form has seen fans turn their backs on the team, but who can blame them?

This horrifying statistic says all you need to know about the abysmal Sunderland players

After a morale boosting fightback at Bristol City, Sunderland did what they always do by building the fans’ hopes up and then failing miserably in the next game.

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Sunderland players celebrate their late equaliser at Ashton Gate.

Brentford is a must-win game for Sunderland and the players must not buckle under pressure

Sunderland, with the wind in their sails for once thanks to that uplifting point at Bristol City, have a great chance to build on it when Brentford come to Wearside on Saturday.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Gary Rowell: How Jimmy Adamson used reverse psychology to inspire a famous Sunderland comeback

In a season when Sunderland have lurched from one crisis to another, I doubt there has been a lower moment than half time at Ashton Gate on Saturday - and there hasn’t been a shortage of low moments.

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Vito Mannone

Why Vito Mannone deal STILL makes no sense, financially or football-wise

If the win over Hull gave Sunderland supporters hope for better things ahead, the game at Birmingham brought everybody crashing back down to earth.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Why defeat against Birmingham City is unthinkable for Sunderland in bid for survival

After a ten day break, Sunderland should be refreshed and absolutely fired up for one of the biggest games of the season tonight against fellow strugglers Birmingham City.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Sunderland legend reveals how Chris Coleman’s show of faith in youth can reap rewards

Last week’s win over Hull City was memorable not just for the three points Sunderland badly needed, but also for the amount of young players Chris Coleman put his faith in.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Why Chris Coleman was right to speak out and shake-up the Sunderland dressing room

When Chris Coleman arrived on Wearside, he quickly won the fans over with his positive comments about the potential of Sunderland Football Club, size of the fanbase and his belief that he was the man to end the downward spiral.

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Sunderland's Joel Asoro celebrates scoring his side's winning goal.

Why vibrant Sunderland youngsters are perfect tonic for fans fuming at wantaway players

There were more than a few eyebrows raised when the team was announced before the Hull City game with the emphasis heavily on youth, but not one of the young players let themselves down.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Chris Coleman needs to emulate Big Sam – transfer dealings will determine Sunderland’s future

If Sunderland are to avoid a devastating second consecutive relegation then Chris Coleman needs to have a seriously good January transfer window, similar to the one Sam Allardyce had a couple of years ago.

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Sunderland striker Josh Maja in action against Nottingham Forest. Pictures by Frank Reid.

Gary Rowell reveals the advice he has for Sunderland’s youngsters

When Chris Coleman rolled the dice and gambled on Josh Maja and Joel Asoro against Fulham, it was a statement of intent and should have been seen by all youngsters at the club as a signal that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and you will be given a chance.

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Sunderland players celebrate victory

Why victory over Fulham was one of the most significant in Sunderland’s recent history

We all know Sunderland’s home win over Fulham was a long time coming – so long that I don’t think it is possible we’ll have a more important victory this season.

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John O'Shea

From winning titles with Manchester United to relegation battles with Sunderland, John O’Shea has seen it all

After the Wolves game, Chris Coleman praised John O’Shea not just for his performance at Molineux but also for his dedication and professionalism during the week.

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Why Sunderland have to toughen up mentally if they are to end home hoodoo against Fulham

Sunderland are back at the Stadium of Light on Saturday against Fulham and the question the fans are asking is can Sunderland finally get that home win so desperately needed or will the players find yet another ridiculous way to throw it all away?

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Darron Gibson.

Chris Coleman has addressed this glaring weakness of the Simon Grayson Sunderland era

For the second successive game Sunderland went down to ten men against Wolves but unlike the week before against Reading, they didn’t capitulate.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Can Chris Coleman stop the Sunderland decline since Sam Allardyce left Wearside?

It’s been a busy time lately for Sunderland managers past and present with Chris Coleman the latest boss to take over on Wearside.

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Callum McManaman uses his hand to get Sunderland on the scoresheet, only to be ruled out for handball and given his marching orders for second bookable offence.

Slow tempo, lacklustre effort – Sunderland really do know how to shoot themselves in the foot

After last week’s great win at Burton Albion, hopes and morale were higher than they have for a long time, but it all went badly wrong again against Reading, another case of one step forward and two steps back.

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Lewis Grabban leads the celebrations as Sunderland win at Burton Albion. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland hitman Lewis Grabban a shining light with impressive goal return

When you are in a team that is third bottom of the league, I would hope even the players would admit they haven’t covered themselves in glory.

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Sunderland players celebrate their crucial victory over Burton Albion.

How Chris Coleman is already replicating Roy Keane in one crucial area at Sunderland

Sunderland’s first win since way back in August was the sort of away win that every manager loves, a victory built on hard work, defensive resilience and organisation resulting in a rare clean sheet.

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New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Two huge games for new regime to get Sunderland off to good start

Sunderland face two tough away fixtures in five days starting with tonight’s game against Aston Villa then a trip to Burton Albion and in terms of size, history and tradition those two clubs couldn’t be further apart.

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