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Next Sunderland Manager: McCann emerges as front-runner



The Black Cats are in the market for a new manager following the dismissal of Lee Johnson after Bolton’s 6-0 thrashing.

The odds-on favourite is the recently departed Hull Manager, Grant McCann who is priced at 4/6.

Sunderland are in the hunt for a new manager following the embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers last Saturday.

McCann, who led Hull to the League One title last season, was fired last week as a result of the club’s takeover. Many saw it as a harsh decision given that the club had just beaten Blackburn and Bournemouth to move 10 points clear of the Championship relegation zone. Is it possible that a move up the north east coast is now in the works?

The second name being mentioned in conversation is John Terry.

The former Chelsea centre-half yesterday was priced at 3/1 however today, Terry is at 8/1.

Terry is thought to be interested in a career in management, but he has only recently started a new job as a coaching consultant at his former club Chelsea.

Terry was assistant manager to Dean Smith at Aston Villa from 2018-2021.

Duncan Ferguson was the odds-on favourite to be the next permanent Sunderland manager however, today Ferguson is priced at 16/1 odds.

Ferguson has spent over ten years at Everton in various coaching roles, beginning as the club’s under-18s assistant manager before moving into the same role for the first team.

The 50-year-old has also served as caretaker manager of the Toffees twice, most recently earlier this month following the dismissal of Rafael Benitez.

Ferguson has stayed on at Goodison to work with New Everton boss, Frank Lampard.

Here’s the odds as of checking for the next Permanent Sunderland manager:

Grant McCann – 4/6

Alex Neil – 4/1

Roy Keane – 4/1

Neil Lennon – 8/1

Neil Warnock – 5/1

John Terry – 8/1

Mick McCarthy – 10/1

Sam Allardyce – 16/1

Slaven Bilic – 16/1

Duncan Ferguson – 16/1

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue



The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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