LiveSunderland AFC news RECAP: Tributes pour in from footballing world for Louise Wanless following sad passing

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Kristjaan Speakman Lee Johnson and the club’s transfer team are set for a busy few weeks on Wearside as they target a number of new additions.

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Sunderland released seven players following the end of the 2020-21 season.

Former captain Kevin Ball has joined the club in speaking of their sadness after the 52-year-old’s passing, saying it was “deeply saddened” to learn of the passing of their friend and colleague.

Louise joined the club from Middlesbrough FC in 2003 and spent more than 16 years overseeing its media and communications department.v

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  • Tributes have poured in following the sad passing of club employee Louise Wanless
  • The Premier League fixtures have been released, which will impact Sunderland’s schedule

Some more positive news from the Stadium of Light!

Aiden McGeady looks set to extend his stay at Sunderland, with an agreement on a new deal thought to be close.

The winger proved a talismanic figure after being reintegrated into the first-team fold by Lee Johnson, finishing with the most assists in the division despite making his first appearance in December.

The 35-year-old further underlined his commitment to the club’s attempts to win promotion back to the Championship by waiving a clause that would have triggered an automatic extension had he started the second leg of the play-off semi final against Lincoln City.

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Anthony Patterson has signed a new contract on Wearside.

The young stopper has penned a two-year deal, with the option of a further deal.

After sealing the new deal, Patterson said: “I’m delighted to extend my contract with the club I’ve been at for many years now. I was pleased with the way last season went on a personal level and I can’t wait to get started again and see what the new season brings. Over the past year, I feel I’ve progressed well and it’s now important to build on that.”

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “Anthony has been progressing well. We took the option on his contract last year with the intention of seeking to agree new terms and we are really happy to have this in place for the start of the season. He returns later this month as a member of the first-team squad and he has a great opportunity to progress with us.”

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Max Power has a new club - and has sent Sunderland fans a message

Max Power has sent a classy message to Sunderland fans after the midfielder sealed a return to former club Wigan Athletic.

The 27-year-old moved to Wearside from the Latics in the summer of 2018 and went on to make 136 appearances.

He was captain when Lee Johnson’s side lifted the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley in March but was released after the Black Cats failed to claim League One promotion at the third time of asking.

Nevertheless, Power still holds Sunderland fans in high regard, as he looks forward to visiting the Stadium of Light as an opposition player next season.

“A special mention to all Sunderland supporters,” Power said via his official Twitter account.

“I’ve had so many great messages wishing me all the best and the feeling is mutual.

“The good times will come again and I’m already looking forward to hearing the famous Roker Roar next season.”

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Kevin Ball leads tributes to Sunderland AFC's award-winning media boss Louise Wanless after her death aged 52

Sunderland AFC has led the way in paying tribute to its media and communication’s boss Louise Wanless following her death.

Former captain Kevin Ball has joined the club in speaking of their sadness after the 52-year-old’s passing, saying it was “deeply saddened” to learn of the passing of their friend and colleague.

Louise joined the club from Middlesbrough FC in 2003 and spent more than 16 years overseeing its media and communications department.

The club has said she was a “hugely popular and well-respected figure within the game, she was held in immense regard by all at SAFC and served the club with unwavering dedication, an unrivalled work ethic and a fierce determination.”

Named after one of the North East’s most popular and respected football writers, the title is presented by the committee to someone who has made a substantial impact on football in the region.

In winning the award, she followed in the footsteps of former Sunderland player, manager and chairman Niall Quinn, George Baker, former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson, John Pickering and World Cup winner, the late Jack Charlton.

SAFC’s former club captain, Kevin Ball, said: “We are devastated to learn of Louise’s passing.

“She was an extremely special person, and a valued friend, who dedicated her life to football and to Sunderland AFC

“Louise had a real knack with people, always coming up with the right answer at the right time and knowing what to say and when.

“From players and staff to members of the press, and all those that were fortunate enough to meet or work with Louise, she was not just an esteemed colleague, but a true friend.

“She will be deeply missed by all at the Stadium of Light and many more within the game.”

The club added that all within its community send their heartfelt condolences to Louise’s family and friends.

The Echo’s Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith has been among those to offer words of tribute to her.

He said: “Lou was a wonderful person who loved SAFC so, so much.

“She always had a great story, and an even better hug.

“So many will miss her. Thinking of her family and friends.

“RIP Lou.”

Middlesbrough FC has also offered its condolences and said: “We’re saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Louise Wanless.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”

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