Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Club accounts released for 2019/20 season as Cats register loss

Sunderland have gone seven games without a win following Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Blackpool at the Stadium of Light – with Lee Johnson’s side looking to regain some momentum.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:46 pm

With two games remaining the Wearsiders still aren’t guaranteed a play-off place but were helped by other results in midweek.

The Black Cats are now preparing for this weekend’s trip to Plymouth Argyle following a dismal run of seven games without a win.

Johnson is hoping for some positive news on the injury front and defender Conor McLaughlin could return for the game at Home Park.

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Jordan Jones

The Northern Irishman’s return would provide a boost given Sunderland’s lack of options at the back.

It’s not such good news for centre-back Jordan Willis, though, who is expected to be out of action for a further nine to 12 months with a knee injury.

We’ll have the latest news, analysis and more from the Stadium of Light throughout the day.

Sunderland AFC news LIVE (April 29)

Last updated: Thursday, 29 April, 2021, 13:05

  • Sunderland have gone seven games without a win following Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Blackpool.
  • The Black Cats are now preparing for this weekend’s trip to Plymouth.
  • Conor McLaughlin could return for the game at Home Park.
  • Defender Jordan Willis is expected to be out of action for a further nine to 12 months with a knee injury.

Sunderland will be hoping to end a seven-match winless run when they travel to Plymouth this weekend - and we’ll have all the build-up ahead of the match.

Stick around for the latest Black Cats news, analysis, transfer talk and more from the Stadium of Light.

Massive blow for Jordan Willis

Black Cats defender Jordan Willis has undergone a further operation on his knee injury and will be sidelined for a further nine to 12 months.

The 22-year-old remains under contract at the Stadium of Light until June 2022 and the club say they are committed to supporting the defender throughout his rehabilitation process.

Manager Lee Johnson said: “First and foremost, we are here for Jordan on a human level – if he needs to reach out to anyone of us, we will help him as much as we possibly can. On a professional level, we are gutted because of what a good player he is and what he brings to the squad – on and off the pitch – in terms of personality and performance. We will support him in any way we can to get him back to his pomp as soon as possible.”

Cats hope for injury boost

Conor McLaughlin could return this weekend following a hernia injury.

Tom Flanagan making progress but the Plymouth game will probably come too soon for him.

What the table looks like

Here’s what the top of the League One table looks like after last night’s results.

Sunderland still aren’t guaranteed a play-off place but would be if they win one of their remaining games.

Peterborough could still be caught by Lincoln so haven’t quite sealed automatic promotion.

The latest transfer talk from the Stadium of Light

There’s been no shortage of rumours surrounding Sunderland players over recent days!

Here’s a look at the deals that have been mooted in recent days:


Celtic are monitoring the situation of 30-goal Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke.

The attacker is out of contract this summer and has been previously linked with Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Millwall and other Championship clubs.

But former Celtic man Mark Wilson has claimed that Celtic are also in the hunt for the former Bradford man.


According to Football Insider, Rangers are set to offload Jordan Jones this summer.

The website states that Rangers are looking to cash in on the winger in the upcoming window,

Gers are said to be after an even higher price than they initially expected due to Jones’ decent form and could stand to net more than the £600,000 initially reported.

A ‘recruitment source’ has reportedly stated that Steven Gerrard is keen to let Jones leave in the summer but Sunderland’s chances of signing him ‘could hinge on promotion.’

This pair could be set for a busy summer!

Lee Johnson has spoken about the ‘huge’ appointment of head of player recruitment Stuart Harvey - and the initial discussions between the pair.

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Sunderland have released their accounts for the 2019/20 season...

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Sunderland have announced a loss of £2,622,000 for the 2019/20 season, figures significantly bolstered by the sale of academy products.

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Everything you need to know ahead of the clash with Plymouth Argyle

What are the odds for Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland?

Sunderland: 8/13

Draw: 14/5

Plymouth: 15/4

All odds correct at the time of writing via Paddy Power. Over 18s only. Please gamble responsibly and Be Gamble Aware.

What channel is Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland on?

Unfortunately, the League One match between Sunderland and Plymouth Argyle won’t be shown on television.

Unlike the Black Cats’ games against Peterborough United in League One and Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy final, this fixture hasn’t been chosen to be broadcast.

Can I stream Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland online?

Yes, Sunderland’s game against Plymouth Argyle will be streamed on iFollow via SAFSEE.

Frankie Francis and Danny Collins will be live from the 30 minutes before kick-off, with the duo also providing post-match analysis and reaction.

New users can set up an account and pay £10 to view the game by clicking here.

Existing users with a season pass can view the game by following this link.

BBC Radio Newcastle also carries full match commentary with Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett and is available on the following frequencies: 95.4FM, 96FM, 103.7FM, 104.4FM and 1458AM.

The Sunderland Echo will also have full coverage from the Stadium of Light on our website.

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