Taylor offered ‘exceptional contract’
It’s widely believed that AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor is in talks with Sunderland over a potential move to the Stadium of Light.
The striker’s contract at Kingsmeadow runs out at the end of the month and, speaking to the South London Press, Dons’ manager Neal Ardley says his club made the 28-year-old an ‘exceptional offer’ but believes he will be looking to challenge himself at a bigger club:
At the end of last season I had a good chat with Lyle and his agent. We put in an exceptional offer, for us, to try and keep him.
Without Lyle actually saying it, the feeling is he has done a wonderful job over the last three years and has seen some of his team-mates go on to bigger and better things.
His heart may be at challenging himself at a slightly bigger club in his prime, I don’t blame him.
Without him saying anything to me or telling me he’s not coming back, I’m pretty confident that Lyle has got a number of clubs in for him and is going to choose one of them to take him to the next level of his career.
But I’m not sitting around scratching my backside, I’m out looking for a replacement.
Although Ardley believes he may have what it takes to move up to the Championship, he believes Taylor is likely to move to another League One club:
He has got the ability to play in the Championship, has he got the consistency to play in the Championship? Are there ones looking thinking he could be a bit of a gamble or a solid option? I don’t know.
There is a small chance that Lyle will end up at a Championship club but I would’ve thought he would probably end up getting a decent contract at a good League One club, that’s more likely.
Taylor has also been interested Charlton Athletic and Bristol Rovers while it’s believed that Southend United have made the striker an offer.
Mathers to snub Ross?
Jack Ross has recently been linked with a move for St Johnstone’s goalkeeper coach Paul Mathers.
Saints’ manager Tommy Wright has hit out at Sunderland’s skulduggery, with Ross supposedly speaking to Mathers behind the club’s back, but it now appears as if the 48-year-old will be remaining at McDiarmid Park, with Wright saying:
Paul has told me he is staying, which is great news.
He is an excellent coach and someone we didn’t want to lose. We had a good chat and there is an agreement for him to sign a new contract.
He has been very good for our goalkeepers, both Alan Mannus and Zander Clark have been excellent in the last few years and there is real progress being made with our young keepers as well.
Wright also confirmed that he had held clear the air talks with Ross and hopes the disagreement is now a thing of the past:
I had a conversation with Jack, as far as I’m concerned the whole thing is done now.
Sunderland are still expected to appoint a goalkeeper coach in the very near future, with Stewart Donald telling the Roker Rapport podcast that an announcement will be made in due course.
Oviedo starts against Brazil
Sunderland left-back Bryan Oviedo started his first game of the World Cup yesterday as he played the full game in Costa Rica’s 2-0 defeat against Brazil.
Oviedo was left out of his country’s opening game against Serbia, but lined up at left wing-back against the South Americans and played the full game as Costa Rica almost held one of the tournament favourites to a 0-0 draw.
They did have a number of half chances to take the lead - and managed to keep the Brazilians at bay until second half injury time - but succumbed to two late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar as Brazil ran out 2-0 winners.