Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news LIVE: Injury blow revealed plus West Brom and Burnley trialists vying for deals
Sunderland are stepping up their preparations for Saturday’s League One meeting with Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light – with Phil Parkinson’s side looking to make it four wins in a row.
The Black Cats have climbed to fifth in the table following their 1-0 win over Oxford last weekend, and are just three points off leaders Rotherham. We’ll bring you the latest news from Wearside throughout the day – scroll down and refresh the page for live updates:
LIVE: Sunderland AFC news (February 19)
Last updated: Wednesday, 19 February, 2020, 11:18
- Sunderland are preparing for Saturday's League One meeting with Bristol Rovers at the Stadium of Light.
- Defender Bailey Wright will miss eight to 12 weeks after suffering an ankle injury at Oxford.
- Sunderland’s former Managing Director Tony Davison has found a new role.
- Sunderland trialists Stan Asomugha and Will Harris both featured for the under-23 side in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday night.
Phil Parkinson on Bailey Wright
Bailey Wright injury blow
Phil Parkinson on Bailey Wright injury: “It’s a blow for the squad, but more than anything we are disappointed for Bailey because he’s come into the team and played really well.
“I’m sure he will come back stronger, but as I have mentioned many times before, the lads currently out of the team have been excellent and we have good options available in his absence."
Tony Davison finds new role
Sunderland’s former managing director Tony Davison has been appointed the commercial director of Premiership rugby side Northampton Saints.
Davison left the Black Cats back in October after 18 months in his role on Wearside.
Mark Darbon, the chief executive at Northampton Saints, welcomed Davison to the club.
“I am very pleased to welcome Tony to Saints at an exciting time for the club,” said Darbon.
“We are in the middle of a five-year strategic plan to bring the club back to profitability and Tony will play a key role in realising this ambition."
Trialists feature in Durham Challenge Cup win
Sunderland's under-23 side booked their place in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup with a 4-2 win over Seaham Red Star last night.
West Brom winger Stan Asomugha and Burnley forward Will Harris both played for the Black Cats after being offered trials on Wearside.
Asomugha opened the scoring against Seaham before a Cieran Dunne double and Vinnie Steele finish secured the win.
Phillips delivers verdict on Oxford win
Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips was impressed by the Black Cats' performance at Oxford on Saturday.
Phillips spoke to manager Phil Parkinson after the match and told Football Insider: “I spoke to Phil afterwards and he was delighted, naturally.
“I thought it was a good away performance. They defended the box with their lives. Everything you would expect from a team that is bang in form at the moment. Although again we got the rub of the green.
“The weather second half was horrendous and Oxford’s ground has the open end, the players did really well to cope.
“Fantastic result for Phil Parkinson. Every opportunity of going up automatically if they keep performing the way they are doing.”
Takeover talk rumbles on
Former Sunderland midfielder Alex Rae has urged Stewart Donald to act quickly in his attempts to sell the club - so the new ownership can continue the club’s upward trajectory.
Rae, who played for the club between 1996 and 2001, was speaking exclusively to the Echo before tackling the 2020 London Marathon for Erskine.
And the Scot, who counts Rangers and Millwall among his former clubs, gave his verdict on the takeover talk currently surrounding the Stadium of Light.
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