LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Fallout from Lincoln City as young Cats goalkeeper on trial at Birmingham City

Sunderland will play in League One for a fourth season after failing in the play-offs.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 6:02 pm

The Black Cats couldn’t quite get over the line against Michael Appleton’s Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light in front of 10,000 supporters.

Sunderland managed to level the aggregate scores at 2-2 with two first-half goals but a second-half Lincoln strike cemented the Imps’ place in the final at Wembley Stadium.

It leaves the Black Cats with a major task on their hands with most of the current playing squad out of contract at the end of the season, leaving head coach Lee Johnson with a major rebuild on his hands.

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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Sunderland manager Lee Johnson reacts dejectedly during the Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Sunderland and Lincoln City at Stadium of Light on May 22, 2021 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

We’ve had all the fallout to the defeat to Lincoln City as well as all of the big stories from around the Stadium of Light and League One as they broke throughout the day.

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Last updated: Monday, 24 May, 2021, 08:46

  • Sunderland will spend a fourth season in League One after losing out in the play-off semi-final to Lincoln
  • Lee Johnson was confronted by Sunderland fans following the defeat

The latest gossip from around the web

Kevin Phillips delivers Aiden McGeady contract verdict 

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has delivered his verdict on the situation regarding Aiden McGeady.

The former Republic of Ireland international is out of contract at the end of the season.

Indeed, there a rumours circulating that McGeady waived a clause on his contract which would have seen the deal extended when after starting against Lincoln City in the second leg

“I would say wages will be a decisive factor,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“They will want to try and keep McGeady at the club so I think they’ll make him an offer.

“They need to keep their best players if they want to go one better next season. He is one of the best in the division so it’s no surprise that there is Championship clubs sniffing around him.

“He showed his quality against yesterday. Whenever he gets the ball you’re on the edge of your seat. Whether it is a cross, a shot, he always does something.

“His future will boil down to finances and the player himself. Does he think now is the time to move on?”

Oxford manager Karl Robinson speaks out on reports linking him with West Brom

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has played down rumours linking him with the manager’s job at West Bromwich Albion.

Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce announced his departure from the relegated club last week.

Robinson added: “It’s probably because me and Sam worked together for two years.

“I don’t really have the energy to talk about any other job.

“I’ve got a long-term contract here.”

Sunderland attacker wanted by West Ham, Leeds United, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace

West Ham and Crystal Palace have reportedly entered the race to sign Josh Hawkes.

TeamTALK states that the Premier League duo are lining in-demand Sunderland academy prospect for a summer transfer.

It was also reported that Leeds United and Newcastle United were interested in the former Hartlepool attacker a year ago.

Indeed, the same outlet claims that both Whites and Magpies are still interested in pursuing a deal for the 22-year-old.

Hawkes is yet to make his first-team debut despite an impressive run in the Black Cats’ U23’s team.

Lee Johnson confronted by Sunderland fans following League One play-off semi-final loss to Lincoln City

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson was confronted by a small group of fans following his side’s defeat in the play-offs.

The Black Cats went into the second leg of the semi-final 2-0 down after the first-leg at Sincil Bank.

First-half goals from Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke evened the tie with the aggregate score level at 2-2.

But a disappointing second half saw Lincoln City score to cement The Imps’ place in the League One play-off final at Wembley and consign Sunderland to a fourth straight season in the third tier.

And after the game, Johnson was confronted by a small group of Sunderland fans as he exited the Stadium of Light, with footage of the exchange surfacing on Twitter.

Fans could be heard voicing their displeasure to Johnson, with supporters frustrated after another failed promotion attempt by the club.

Sunderland head coach Johnson had praised supporters post-match in his press conference for the atmosphere they generated, with 10,000 inside the Stadium of Light.

He said: “It’s a sad day because you do build a rapport with these players, but the club has also showed today the potential power we’ve got – the pressing game we played in the first half, the attitude from the fans to get our pressing game going.

“That as 10,000, I can’t wait to see what it’s like when there’s 42,000 in there. I thought the boys gave everything, and that’s obviously a minimum standard, and we played well on the day too,” added the Sunderland head coach.

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