David Preece

Stewart Donald not short on communication, but appointing the right boss NOW is crucial for Sunderland

“Football is a simple game. We’re the ones who complicate it.”

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Joe Hart, flanked by Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope.

David Preece: Joe Hart is a victim of football’s relentless march forward

Nobody will have wanted to be England’s World Cup hero more than Joe Hart this summer. That’s the saddest part of his omission from England’s squad for Russia 2018.

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Sunderland midfielder Steven Pienaar

David Preece: Journalism has been my therapy after retirement but fear and anxiety still hampers the rehab

My first full football calendar year away from football and I’m still here.

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Jordan Pickford .

David Preece: Former Sunderland star Jordan Pickford is right to stick it to Newcastle United fans

I love Jordan Pickford.

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Sunderland keeper Lee Camp.

David Preece: If Sunderland had a reliable goalkeeper relegation would only have been a threat and not a reality

Have you ever known anything like it? It’s a question I’ve been asked many, many times this season and one I’m at a loss to answer.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane scores  during the Premier League match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke.

David Preece: Harry Kane’s squabble over ‘goal’ simply goes to show that he is driven to be a winner

When was the last time you swore on your daughter’s life?

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Niall Quinn with his Freedom of the City of Sunderland scroll.

Excited by Sunderland takeover rumours - I’m going to make up some more!

Somewhat ironically, light has been in short supply around a stadium which includes the word in its name.

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England's Jordan Pickford.

David Preece: Jordan Pickford will be England number one for a long time yet, not just for Russia 2018.

Gareth Southgate has got a problem: goalkeepers.

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Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher.

David Preece: Provocation comes in many forms – you have to find a way to deal with it

I’ve mellowed in my old age. Things that would have made my blood boil in my 30s are now met with a shrug of indifference.

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Jordan Pickford

My week with SAFC stars past and present and why Jordan Pickford can ‘gan canny’ in Russia

It’s been a week of catching up with old faces for me.

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Chris Coleman.

David Preece: How many points I think Sunderland need to survive – and how many they’ll actually get

Four points from survival. Mad, isn’t it?

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Sunderland fans are still turning out in force

David Preece: Why I’m in favour of fan protests at Sunderland

Protests! Huh! What are they good for? Well, as Edwin Starr might say about the prospect of one at the Stadium of Light, it depends on what you’re protesting about, doesn’t it?

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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman.

No transfer wow factor as Sunderland boss is left scouring the shelves for scraps

I’ve been in Chris Coleman’s situation many times. It’s late at night and you’re hungry, so you start scratching around the kitchen cupboards praying you’ll come across something resembling food.

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Jack Rodwell.

David Preece: Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell, the Confessions of a modern-day footballer

Jack Rodwell.

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Denis Smith and Marco Gabbiadini celebrate winning promotion in 1988.

David Preece: Why magical days watching ‘incredible’ Marco Gabbiadini give me hope the good days will return for Sunderland

Being a Sunderland fan as a kid meant two things to me; the 1985 Milk Cup Final and Denis Smith.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar in action against Sunderland in the 1992 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

David Preece: The curious case of Bruce Grobbelaar’s sunglasses and The Crazy Gang!

This time last week I was in exactly the same position I am now.

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Stoke's Darren Fletcher reacts during the heavy defeat to Chelsea.

Is the Premier League a loser in this congested Christmas fixture pile-up?

Stamford Bridge, Saturday teatime. It’s about half past five and Mark Hughes is sitting before the cameras and microphones of the media explaining the changes that placed his side in the hands of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to do with them what they wanted.

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SAFC 1-1 BCFC Stadium of Light 23-12-207.  Picture by FRANK REID

David Preece: Christmas Day? As long as you get three points on Boxing Day, that’s all that matters

Football robbed me of many things.

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David Preece: Harsh realities of trying to become a professional footballer nowadays makes me question whether I would make it in the game today.

I don’t have any sons.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

David Preece: Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane and the theatre of the football tunnel bust up

There’s no use crying over spilt milk, they say.

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