Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Cats continue recruitment search plus Wigan relegation confirmed

Sunderland have made two new signings since the transfer window reopened last month – and the Black Cats are targeting more additions following the arrivals of Aiden O'Brien and Bailey Wright.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 5:58 pm

A host of names being linked with a move to Wearside while takeover talks continue to rumble on behind the scenes.

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Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson will be hoping for more new signings at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: August 4

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 August, 2020, 17:51

  • Sunderland started their second week of training yesterday ahead of League One’s return on September 12.
  • The Black Cats are looking to make their third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Aiden O'Brien and Bailey Wright.
  • Takeover talk has quieted in the last week with discussions continuing behind the scenes.
  • Former SAFC boss Martin O’Neill has been reflecting on his spell at the Stadium of Light.
  • Wigan will be relegated to League One after their appeal against a 12-point deduction was unsuccessful.

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We’ll have the latest from the Stadium of Light - and around League One - throughout the day.

Race against the clock to beat salary cap loophole deadline

Sunderland face a race against the clock to land summer targets – while ensuring their wages do not count towards the salary cap set to be introduced into League One, writes Mark Donnelly.

Third tier clubs are gearing-up for fresh financial measures as of next season, with a £2.5million wage cap set to be introduced. In addition to this, teams will also be subject to a squad cap of 22 players.

A vote is scheduled to take place on August 6 to decide whether the new measures will be introduced, and they are expected to gain the backing of the two thirds of clubs necessary for their implementation.

The salary cap has been strongly opposed by a host of clubs – including Sunderland and Portsmouth – who are able to spend well above this ceiling while still remaining sustainable.

How many of these players will be at SAFC next season?

Following the arrivals of Aiden O'Brien and Bailey Wright, Sunderland are now looking to make their third signing of the summer.

Several names have been linked with a move to Wearside over the last week as speculation increases ahead of the new campaign.

Here’s how the Black Cats could line-up next campaign if all the rumours are true.

Week two of training

New guidance could see this big change

Players could be sent off if they deliberately cough at an opponent under new guidance issued in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

Referees will be informed that any such act, if aimed at the face of another player or official, can be deemed a red-card offence.

The new guidance has come from the International Football Association Board, the body which determines the laws of the game.

An IFAB spokesperson told the PA news agency: "Given the current situation relating to Covid-19, if a player deliberately coughed in the face of another player, team official or match official, this could be deemed to fall within the Law 12 sending-off offence of 'using offence, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures'."

The guidance adds that referees will need to make a judgement on whether the cough was deliberate and also take into account the distance between the people involved.

I was never in charge at Sunderland says Martin O’Neill

Former Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill has been discussing his time on Wearside, seven and a half years after his sacking at the Stadium of Light.

During an interview with the Daily Mail, O’Neill was asked if his former Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough would have been able to cope with modern-day management, with directors of football and chief executives.

“I think he would have found that difficult!,” said O’Neill.

"Jock Stein, the greatest manager Celtic have ever had, would have found that difficult. Bill Shankly, Don Revie — all of these people would have found it difficult. But you have to adapt. This idea that managers of a certain vintage don’t want to change is utterly untrue. You have to adapt, otherwise you go under.

"I was in charge at Leicester, at Celtic, at Aston Villa, where the chairman of the club was Randy Lerner, whose father had owned the Cleveland Browns. He wanted to make his own mark on football and thought there were parallels between Cleveland and Birmingham.

"He felt Villa was a club he could do something with, and he put me in charge.

“But at Sunderland and Forest, I was absolutely not in charge because other people wanted to run the clubs.”

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