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What coaches told me coming through ranks at Sunderland – it should apply to current crop

When you look over the wreckage of this season, so many things have gone wrong, in fact nobody could have done a better job if they had set out from day one to purposefully plan out a disastrous campaign.

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Newcastle United hit with FA charge over Under-18s kit

Newcastle United have been hit with an Football Association charge over an alleged breach of kit and advertising regulations.

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Ged McNamee offers advice to Hartlepool United caretaker Matthew Bates.

How ex-Sunderland AFC academy boss is having a major impact at Hartlepool United

Matthew Bates is enjoying having the experience of former Sunderland AFC academy manager Ged McNamee alongside him in the Hartlepool United dugout.

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Rafa Benitez.

Rafa Benitez to open Newcastle contract talks even if Mike Ashley stays as owner

Rafa Benitez is willing to discuss a new Newcastle United contract at the end of the season – even if Mike Ashley does not sell the club.

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Jake Clarke-Salter was sent off at the weekend.

Chris Coleman reveals the tactical re-think he’ll have during international break

Chris Coleman is worried Sunderland continue to concede the same goals even with different players in the side.

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SAFC 0-2 PNEFC Stadium of Light Sky Bet Championship Stadium of Light 17-03-208. Picture by FRANK REID

Chris Coleman will keep the faith with Sunderland’s youth but needs them to take responsibility

Sunderland’s starting XI against Preston North End featured two teenagers and two 20-year-olds.

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Chris Coleman has tried all sorts of formationas and personnel.

Chris Coleman’s tinkering may be part of the problem but his job is almost impossible

The freezing, miserable, arctic conditions at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and the predictable – almost routine – defeat to Preston seemed to sum up perfectly the bleak situation Sunderland football club is in right now.

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Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain.

Sunderland fan groups to meet Martin Bain - here's how you can have your say

An open meeting will be held on Tuesday night giving Sunderland fans the chance to help set the agenda ahead of a meeting with Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain.

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Foundation of Light launches North Durham football scholarship.

Sunderland's Foundation of Light launches North Durham football scholarship

Sunderland's Foundation of Light is offering even more youngsters the chance to don the famous red and white stripes while studying towards nationally recognised qualifications.

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Sunderland Under-23 coach Elliott Dickman.

Sunderland midfielder set for Bolton Wanderers trial

Sunderland's Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers are taking a close look at midfielder Chris Allan.

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Wise Men Say: Where will it all end for Sunderland?

Wise Men Say: Where will it all end for Sunderland?

As I sat in a less-than-quarter-full Stadium of Light watching Preston North End cruise to a 2-0 win, I felt a numbness which had nothing to do with the swirling wind and negative temperatures.

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Sunderland Harriers' women's team. Back, from left: Vikki Cotton, Coleen Compson, Linda Mudford, Lauren Flaxen,Catherine Purdy. Front: Lucy Forster, Nicola Woodward, Michelle Avery, Vicky Haswell

Sunderland Harriers’ women battle blizzards to clinch Harrier League promotion in style

Sunderland Harriers women’s team braved freezing conditions and blizzards to turn in their best performance of the season to gain promotion to the First Division of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League.

Sunderland fans endure Saturday's defeat to Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

The disconnect between Sunderland’s team and its city has never felt wider: Only a fundamental reboot will do

For a while, Chris Coleman’s stock post-match response was to point out how many points there are still to play for this season.

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Chris Coleman watches Saturday's defeat. Picture by Frank Reid

Do Sunderland players have the fight to beat the drop? Chris Coleman on the dressing room

Chris Coleman admits that Sunderland’s dressing room is a quiet place after defeat but does not think it necessarily reflects a lack of fight.

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Sunderland defender Jake Clarke-Salter can't believe his second yellow card in Saturday's defeat to Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland boss blames ‘inexperience’ as on-loan Chelsea defender sees red again

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has put Jake Clarke-Salter’s weekend red card against Preston down to ‘inexperience’, with the defender facing a two-game ban.

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Sunderland in action against North Shields on Saturday.

Ashbrooke chairman calls for help in getting artificial pitch in Sunderland

The second coming of the Beast from the East is the latest hammer blow for Sunderland RFC in a campaign that has becoming more “impossible to manage”, according to Ashbrooke chairman Paul Geehan.

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Lee Cattermole and Lamine Kone suffer in Saturday's defeat to Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland boss: No excuses for players and I’ll mix it up during international break

The gap to safety remains the same – five points – but, after another shocking Stadium of Light performance, Sunderland manager Chris Coleman was in no mood to start clutching at straws.

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Monkwearmouth Academy year10 football team have reached the semi finals of the English Schools Football Association's under15's tournament.

Young Sunderland footballers see off tough competition from 622 teams to reach semi final of national tournament

Talented young footballers from Sunderland have seen off tough competition from 622 other teams to reach the semi-final of a national tournament.

Chris Coleman watches his Sunderland side succumb to Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Chris Coleman: Why I’ve no regrets leaving Wales despite Sunderland’s struggles

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman insists he has no regrets over his decision to step down as manager of the Wales national team.

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Kazenga LuaLua comes on as a sub in Saturday's home clash with Preston. Picture by Frank Reid

Kazenga LuaLua on Preston defeat and the lessons he’ll bring from Brighton’s great escape

Kazenga LuaLua has no regrets over his Sunderland move, and insists the experienced players must stick together and lead from the front in the final eight games.

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