Australia international Bailey Wright is pleased to have signed a permanent contact with Sunderland following an impressive loan spell earlier in the year. The 28-year-old joined the Black Cats on a short-term loan from Bristol City in January and he played five successive league games where they picked up 12 points with four clean sheets.
However, he thereafter sustained an injury and that contributed to the Black Cats dip in form as they accumulated only five points from the next five matches. That proved costly in the end as they failed to make the cut for the play-offs before the season was curtailed because of the corona virus pandemic and the club are now preparing for their third campaign in League One. (more…)
Will Griggs said that he regrets his decision to move to Sunderland. He said he was enjoying his time at Wigan and loved playing there. He was transferred to Sunderland from Wigan for a high transfer fee. He was taken to the club as a replacement for the player Josh Maja but he has failed to reach up to the expectations even though he was brought to the club for such a high price.
Griggs told Athletic that he was keen on moving to a big club like Sunderland but he was enjoying his time at Wigan. And when he now looks at the move he wishes to have stayed at the former club. He said that during the time there were many changes going on the club in the sections of ownership and staff and things were not in his hands. (more…)
The future of Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin remains under a lot of doubt, as the player has not been offered a new contract by the north-east outfit. Despite being one of the key members of the team over the last two seasons, Jon McLaughlin has not been given a contract and the 32-year-old is being linked with a number of clubs. Blackburn are one of the names who are showing interest in the Scotland international. IfMcLaughlin ends up leaving the Black Cats, Sunderland may have to dip into the market to strengthen this position. This is due to the presence of Lee Burge as the only remaining senior goalkeeper in the squad under this situation.
It appears thatMcLaughlin may not be offered a new contract after all, as Sunderland have been linked with a move for Matija Sarkic. The Aston Villa goalkeeper has revealed that he will leave the Premier League outfit at the end of the campaign. The 22-year-old will be available on a free transfer. Furthermore, Sunderland have been linked with St Mirren goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky but there is plenty of competition for this 29-year-old with Houston Dynamo, Celtic, and Rangers linked with the Czech Republic man. Meanwhile, ESPN also reports that Sunderland have been chasing James Hillson, who plays as a goalkeeper for Arsenal in the youth setups. (more…)
The Northern Ireland trio are set to remain with their club. The trio were expected to make the squad for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play offs that was slated for March. Tom Flanagan, Conor McLaughlin and Kyle Lafferty have all been named in the squad for the game, with Northern Ireland potentially just two wins away from qualifying for the summer tournament.
But the national association for Bosnia &Herzegovina have now confirmed that they have asked UEFA to postpone the semi-final tie as coronavirus continues to spread. (more…)
Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams has said that he has been impressed with the style of play under current manager Gary Rowett. The former Derby County boss took charge of the south London side at the backend of October and he has since transformed the club’s fortunes with just one league defeat from seven league games.
During this period, Rowett has preferred to go with a less direct style of play unlike his predecessor Neil Harris and that has certainly paid dividends with the team staying well clear of the drop zone. At the weekend, Williams was on the right end of a superb team move as he scored at the hour mark against Birmingham City but his efforts were not sufficient after Jake Clarke-Salter equalised for the Blues 11 minutes from time. (more…)
Nottingham Forest faced Derby County over the weekend and defeated their opponents to serve as a major boost going forward but one major boost was the return of Michael Dawson to the squad. This is one the back of an injury he sustained in September.
Forest coach Sabri Lamouchi made sure all his egg wasn’t in one basket against Derby as the Italian refused to include Dawson into the starting eleven. The coach felt there was no need to expose a player that is just coming back from the treatment table into an unnecessary risk.
The former Tottenham Hotspur captain has had his old body calling hm to give the professional game a rest owing to the fact that he may be abusing the luck defenders get to play as much as they want to till they are forty. He has missed five of Forest’s last games and may be set to miss more until he recovers fully. (more…)
Luton Town faces Millwall faces in a game that could have big consequences for both teams this season. Both teams have not had the greatest start in what could be a long season flirting with the relegation places.
Luton currently sit 18th on the table with 10 points and currently leads Millwall only on goal difference. Luton meanwhile have to battle hard this season with the club’s defensive record currently porous and this could be the game they solely need to pick up valuable points.
The winner of this game could move to as high as 14th position in the table and the home fans will be out in full voice to cheer their team. (more…)
Millwall manager Neil Harris has said that he was never in the running to take over as the Huddersfield Town head coach. The Lions boss was regarded as one of the favourites to succeed the sacked Jan Siewert at the Terriers before Danny Crowley took up the role following a successful three-year stint with Lincoln City.
Speaking in a press conference, Harris acknowledged that the situation was bizarre after he was placed at the top of the odds lists. He added that there was nothing in terms of him joining Huddersfield and stated that Crowley and his brother Nicky deserve the opportunity after excelling in the lower leagues, he told: “That was bizarre. The first I knew about it I was sitting in the back of a taxi in London. There was nothing in it. Danny Cowley has taken the job and good luck to him and Nicky, they deserve the opportunity at that level.” (more…)
Millwall head coach Neil Harris has said that the club have endured a difficult 2018/19 season with many of the players disappointing with their performances. The south London side finished as the eighth-best club during the previous campaign but they have simply failed to replicate the showing this time around where they have narrowly missed out of relegation.
Speaking to reporters, Harris stressed that he won’t entertain the current level of performances from the team, considering the club could be under the risk of relegation next term, he said: “The level of performance this season from some individuals has been nowhere near good enough. There will be a lot of changes this summer. Some players have let me down and let the football club down. There is a lot that has come out that has made it difficult for us. We came eighth last season on the smallest budget in the division. We have got no chance next year if we do not improve.” (more…)
Millwall boss Neil Harris has said that the team’s downfall in the closing stages of matches have nothing to do with fitness concerns. The south London side recently shipped their 17th goal after the 80th minute of Championship games and that cost them a point during a hard-fought encounter against Leeds United.
Speaking after the 2-1 defeat, Harris indicated that fatigue should not hamper the performances towards the end, but one can attribute the mental strength towards the outcome, he said: “It certainly shouldn’t be fatigue but whether it’s tired minds, that’s different. It won’t be tired legs, sports science plays a huge part at our football club as it does across world football these days. “We know where the players are at stats-wise, minutes-wise, training-wise. It’s not fatigue in the legs. How do you define human error in any industry? We gave a poor second goal away, even if you have to give credit to Leeds and the way they play.” (more…)