Worst preparation for Sunderland’s big derby

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Sunderland endured a nightmare final preparation for next week’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Read Graeme Anderson’s blow by blow examination of the 4-0 defeat at West Brom in tonight’s Football Echo – and see where it all went wrong in Martin O’Neill’s worst day since taking over as Sunderland manager in December.

But there’s so much more in your action-packed Football Echo.

Michael Turner shrugs off Sunderland’s Everton jinx to look forward to the looming FA Cup quarter-final.

Fraizer Campbell discusses his potential England link-up with former club-mates Danny Welbeck and Darren Bent

We also speak to Martin O’Neill and Kieran Richardson, while Sunderland legend Marco Gabbiadini looks ahead to the derby in his exclusive Football Echo column.

We’ve also got Brian Patterson’s away guide to the Mags, enjoying goings-on in the build-up, while Tony Gillan’s View From The Bridge is as unmissable as ever.

Niall Quinn’s departure from the Stadium of Light this week is marked by letters galore – there are four pages, covering the former chairman’s exit and much more.

There are six pages of local football news and pictures, plus eight pages of the Junior Football Echo, covering the Russell Foster Youth League.

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