Sunderland AFC news: Transfer latest, new chief executive challenge, Allardyce looks to ship out deadwood

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland AFC have a new chief executive and he faces a busy summer when he starts work at the Stadium of Light.

Martin Bain is the man tasked with the day-to-day running of the club when he starts his new role in July.

We have taken a look at the six key challenges facing him including getting the club on a firm financial footing, sorting out new deals for key Sunderland players and helping Sam Allardyce in the transfer market.

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One of Bain’s first tasks as chief executive will be to help Allardyce shift Sunderland’s remaining dead-wood as quickly as possible.

Bain faces a busy summer when he arrives on Wearside at the start of July.

Allardyce was able to free up much-needed wages during the course of the season when he offloaded several players deemed surplus to requirements.

But several unwanted players are due back for pre-season following loan spells.

Allardyce told the Echo: "We’ll address the situation as part of the big summer turnaround.

"We’ll try to do it as quickly as we possibly can.

"They have been out on loan and we’ll try to get them back out on loan again at the earliest opportunity, if we can’t move them on permanently."
And finally, Sunderland are among a host of clubs monitoring Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal according to reports.

The 24-year-old French-born Algerian wideman only has a year remaining on his contract at the French giants with his future very much in doubt.

Southampton, Liverpool, Stoke City, Arsenal, West Ham United and North East neighbours Middlesbrough have all been linked with the winger.

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