SAFC ROUND-UP: Defoe, Allardyce and Advocaat, and issues that need sorting
With Sunderland enjoying weather rather warmer than we are enduring on Wearside, there is one player the club needs to get in peak condition.
Jermain Defoe is the man who can do the most important thing on the pitch - score goals.
And boss Sam Allardyce needs Defoe fit and raring to go for the trip to former club West Ham. Read the story here.
But what else does Big Sam need to do during this break? Here are five issues he needs to sort.
Allardyce has already made quite an impact in reshaping the squad. It’s a shame he wasn’t here for the start of the season! What might have happened if Dick had not been talked round? Read the story here.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have announced cuts to ticket prices this week. It’s a great move. Read what Richard Mennear has to say about it here.
Columnist Tony Gillan says there are more important tests ahead for the Black Cats. Read him here.
And here’s a piece about how first first impressions on players can sometimes be wrong. Read that story here.
Finally, Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnadlum has warned his team-mates they are sleepwalking towards relegation. Sleep on, we say!