As Chris Wood prepared to finalise a £15m move to Burnley, his Leeds United team-mates suggested life after the exit of the prolific New Zealand striker might not be quite as grim as feared.
Satisfactory is never the most thrilling assessment to take away from a match but Simon Grayson and Gary Rowett could depart the Stadium of Light feeling a point had been gained and, for Grayson in particular, a point had also been made.
It does not take Jermain Defoe long to roll back the years after walking back into a pocket of Dean Court. It was here where it all started for a raw, tenacious teenage striker looking to make his mark on loan from West Ham United in October 2000.
Ellis Short’s hopes of selling Sunderland now depend on his ability to strike a deal with a German consortium by early next month after a group of Sunderland fans withdrew their bid on Wednesday.
During an often proud history, featuring the collection of six English league titles, Sunderland have variously been dubbed “the team of all the talents” and the “Bank of England club”.
After the week he has had, it is no surprise to learn that Jordan Pickford has always backed himself.
Derek McInnes has turned down the opportunity to take charge of Sunderland and will instead remain as Aberdeen manager, the Scottish club have announced.
Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical as part of a proposed £30m transfer to Everton.
When a furious Jordan Pickford conceded a goal during a training exercise with England’s Under-21’s at St George’s Park this week, he whacked and burst one of the inflatable mannequins that had been put up to complicate the strikers’ route to goal.
As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.
Ellis Short acknowledges that Sunderland are in “a bit of crisis” but believes the club’s natural position is seventh in the Premier League and has revealed it is no longer formally for sale.
The seemingly interminable wait for Sunderland’s first home win since December endures. This latest defeat leaves their manager, Simon Grayson, under severe pressure before Bolton Wanderers’s visit on Tuesday for what already looks ominously like a relegation six-pointer.
Simon Grayson had already ripped off his red and white club tie when he took a long gulp of water and embarked on a brutally honest monologue.