Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: PFA issue salary cap warning, Coventry target defender as Rangers boss opens up on Jon McLaughlin swoop

Sunderland suffered a major blow on Tuesday with confirmation that Jon McLaughlin has left the club, the Scotland international signing a two-year deal with Rangers.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 3:22 pm

It came after some rare good news that Chris Maguire has signed a new one-year deal at the Stadium of Light, though there remains doubt over Tom Flanagan’s future. The defender has been offered a new deal but Coventry City are reported to be keeping tabs on the centre-back.

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Jon McLaughlin has signed a two-year deal with Rangers.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June, 2020, 14:51

  • Jon McLaughlin has signed a two-year deal at Rangers.
  • Tom Flanagan is wanted by Coventry City.
  • Chris Maguire has signed  a new one-year deal at Sunderland.

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Chris Coleman didn't hold back

Steven Gerrard and Jon McLaughlin react after keeper signs two-year deal

Jon McLaughlin said it was a ‘proud moment’ as he agreed to join Rangers on a two-year deal. McLaughlin rejected the contract offer from Sunderland after two successful seasons on Wearside. He will compete with fellow Scottish international Allan McGregor for the number one shirt at Ibrox, and will compete in Europe next season. “It’s a very proud moment for myself and for the family,” McLaughlin said.

Steven Gerrard has been speaking about the signing of Jon McLaughlin

“I’m very pleased so far,” he said. “The goalkeeping area in the last couple of weeks has become a priority with Wes’s contract finishing and obviously Jak going out.

“We knew there was a void there and we had to go and find the right person. I wanted experience, I wanted a different type of profile for the keeper.

“I think Jon brings vast experience. He has got some international experience, he has played under pressure at Sunderland for many years and delivered. So I think it is a real safe signing for us.”

The PFA have issued this warning

The PFA has warned players the EFL's plans to put in place a salary cap may be 'unlawful', report the Mirror.

In the document obtained by the Mirror, the PFA tell its players: "The PFA has made it clear to the EFL that matters relating to the employment of players, which includes matters of pay, must be considered before the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee (the “PFNCC”).

“The PFA is a member of the PFNCC, so would have an opportunity to scrutinise any plans and represent the best interests of players.

“It would be unlawful for the EFL and its clubs to vote on this issue and change the EFL Regulations without first consulting the PFNCC, which is the appropriate forum for matters relating to player contracts.

“If your contract extends beyond this season, your terms and conditions of employment will remain the same. Your club cannot change your salary without your consent, as has been the case with furlough and deferral arrangements.

“A potential club might tell you that you have to accept a lower salary because the salary cap is being introduced from next season.

“However, until such time that a salary cap is agreed by the members of the PFNCC, you are not obliged to agree to a reduced salary in line with the proposed salary cap.

"We do however envisage clubs looking to pay less for player salaries post-COVID-19.”

Chris Coleman had plenty to say

Chris Coleman has delivered a brutally honest verdict on his time at Sunderland – and the ‘awful’ atmosphere he walked into.

"The club were bottom of the league, (had) just got relegated from the Premier League," said Coleman, speaking to Elis James’ Feast of Football Podcast.

"The chairman was selling the club - there was no sign of the chairman. He wouldn't even take a call from me, he wouldn't take a text message from me.

"It was a hell of a mess and the atmosphere was awful unfortunately.

"The greatness of the club is there but right at the heart of it at the time, there was a lot of negativity."

Great gesture by the former SAFC man

Phil Bardsley signs contract extension with Premier League Burnley

Former Sunderland right-back Phil Bardsley has signed a one-year contact extension with Premier League side Burnley, according to Sean Dyche,

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