LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Lee Johnson press conference plus Aiden McGeady rumour quashed
Sunderland are preparing for the two legs of their play-off meeting with Lincoln this week, with fans set to return to the Stadium of Light.
First, Lee Johnson’s side must negotiate Wednesday’s first leg against the Imps at the LNER Stadium, where the Black Cats won 4-0 earlier in the campaign.
Around 10,000 supporters will then attend the second leg at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, as the Wearsiders look to secure their place in the Wembley final on May 29.
Sunderland will also have to make several contract decisions over the next few weeks, with the majority of their squad set to become free agents.
With the summer transfer window set to reopen next month, talk of possible in and outgoings is starting to increase.
Johnson held his pre-match press conference earlier today ahead of the first game with Lincoln.
Here’s the latest SAFC news, analysis, rumours and more.
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Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP (May 18)
Last updated: Monday, 17 May, 2021, 15:06
- Sunderland are preparing for the two legs of their play-off semi-final against Lincoln this week.
- The first leg will take place at the LNER Stadium on Wednesday (6pm kick-off).
- Lee Johnson held his pre-match press conference earlier today.
- Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAthony has responded to reports they are interested in Aiden McGeady.
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A short-term coaching appointment
Lee Johnson has made a short-term appointment to his coaching staff for Sunderland’s play-off campaign.
ohnson’s assistant head coach Jamie McAllister has been served with a stadium ban for the next two fixtures as a result of the controversial off-field incidents in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Oxford United on Good Friday.
He then has a touchline ban for a further three games beyond that.
Johnson has as a result turned to former Bristol City team-mate Jamie McCombe.
Read more HERE
Johnson on the fans
“I have felt the support of the people but it’s all from the media or from social media which I don’t do too much of.
“We strive to make people happy and our supporters are renowned for their passion.”
Johnson on injuries
“I will probably have a few sleepless nights about the bench because you don’t want to leave anyone out of the squad.
“There are a couple out and a couple back which I won’t share with you if that’s alright.”
Johnson on Kyril Louis-Drefus vision
“He hasn’t put any undue pressure on anybody because the play-offs can be a lottery, particularly a one-game final.
“We have 12 games to maximise the dream we all want.”
Johnson on being unbeaten against Lincoln
“I don’t think it’s too much of an advantage.
“I would say both teams have a clear identity. We have an identity and I think both teams will stick to that.”
Johnson on fans returning
“Some players can actually come alive with a crowd or with away fans. I’m still learning about this group and might have to find out in 45 minutes.”
Johnson on Lincoln
“We have to turn up in these two fixtures, we have had a good sight of Lincoln and know they can cause us problems and we can cause them problems.
“The motivation is that we have 12 days to realise our collective dream. We want to build this group and build on this group.”
Lee Johnson press conference
Lee Johnson will be holding his pre-match press conference at 1pm today.
We’ll have live updates on today’s blog.
A big week ahead
Sunderland’s under-23 side could take a step towards promotion when they head to Stoke City on Monday evening.
The Black Cats’ second string – who currently play in the second tier of Premier League 2 – are in the end of season promotion play-offs and head to the Bet365 Stadium on Monday evening looking to take a step closer to the top tier.
You can read all the details HERE
Max Power’s message
Max Power says handling the occasion will be key to Sunderland’s play-off hopes, and is confident that the experience in the Black Cats squad means they will be able to thrive, writes Phil Smith.
Sunderland travel to Lincoln City for the first leg of their semi final on Wednesday and Power says that they will be looking to try and establish a lead.
“For me it’s who plays the occasion the best,” he said.
“It’s a different scenario to what the league throws up.
“When you get into these games I don’t think it matters too much how you get. You get a bit of a chance to refresh, get on the training ground.
“They’re big occasions, you’d like to think with the experience we’ve got in the squad that we’ll be able to cope with it.
Read more HERE
More transfer talk
With the summer transfer window set to reopen next month, new names are starting to be linked with Sunderland.
According to the Daily Record, the Black Cats are tracking Aberdeen midfielder Ross McCrorie and are willing to offer £800,000 for his signature.
It’s also been claimed that Aberdeen have made an offer for Sunderland-linked Rotherham defender Clark Robertson.
McGeady rumour quashed
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAthony has responded to a transfer rumour concerning Sunderland’s Aiden McGeady.
Alan Nixon of the Sun on Sunday had claimed that Darren Ferguson was ‘keen’ on the Sunderland man, whose contract is set to expire this summer.
MacAnthony replied on Twitter: “This is funniest one ive seen for years. No is the simple answer. Never even came up in multiple recruitment meetings due to club he is at, cost, age etc. Tell Nicko he has this one wrong.”
It’s a massive week for Sunderland AFC as Lee Johnson’s side prepare for both legs of their play-off semi-final against Lincoln.
We’ll have all the build-up ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at the LNER Stadium, as well as the latest news and analysis from the Stadium of Light.
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