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Roker Roundup: Sunderland miss out on defender & Asamoah Gyan gets in a bit of bother

A defender linked with Sunderland signed for a divisional rival; and Asamoah Gyan has got himself in a bit of bother.

Roker Roundup 20/21
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Sunderland miss out on Tilt

With Arbenit Xhemajli picking an injury on international duty with Kosovo earlier in the week - an injury that will keep him out for the entirety of the season - and Morgan Feeney suffering with a hamstring injury, Sunderland are in need of a new centre half.

Phil Parkinson had been linked with a move for Rotherham United central defender Curtis Tilt but the former Blackpool player instead signed for Wigan Athletic yesterday.

The 29-year-old has signed a deal that will keep him at the DW Stadium until January 4 and Tilt told the club’s official website that he is aiming to get the club into the top half of League One:

I am buzzing to be here and I can’t wait to get started, I am here to get games and help the lads get into the top half of this league.

I feel in the best shape I have been throughout my career so it just a matter of getting match fit now.

I like to get stuck in, win the ball, be aggressive and try and be a leader.

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Robinson finds new job

Former Sunderland midfielder Carl Robinson has left his role as manager of A-League side Newcastle Jets to join Western Sydney Wanderers.

The 44-year-old had only been in charge of the Jets for 11 games but had picked up seven wins and three draws and that led Wanderers to approach Newcastle for his services.

Robinson quickly agreed terms with his new club and will be joined at WSW by former Scottish international striker Kenny Miller as first-team assistant coach.

Robinson told the club’s website that the offer was just too good to turn down:

Sometimes in football you get an opportunity too good to turn down.

This is a fantastic football club, a big club in the A-League and one that has set the foundations to be very successful.

There is an expectation of winning that is clear and that is what I am here to do - have success on the pitch and create a pathway for our future players at the club.

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Gyan in tennis bust-up

Ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan and his brother Baffour have been accused of assault by an opponent in a tennis match.

Godwin Martey told Adom FM that he was playing Asamoah at the tennis court of 37 Army Officer’s Mess in Accra, Ghana with the Ghanaian international’s brother as acting umpire.

During the match, Martey claims Baffour was continually favouring his brother with calls and despite the spectators agreeing with him, he received no support due to Asamoah’s status.

Most of these controversial points that were in my favour, Baffour Gyan was giving the point to Asamoah Gyan. At a point I became a bit uncomfortable with it.

So there was a particular point that to me was obvious that the ball was good, and Baffour Gyan insisted that it the point was for Asamoah Gyan.

After asking for the match to be played at a different time with an independent umpire, Martey claims Baffour became aggressive and told him:

My friend shut up and stand there and play.

Being unhappy with how he was being treated, Martey sat on the sidelines, indicating he wanted to quit then game when Baffour started hitting him, telling him to continue when Asamoah himself joined in:

Then he came down and came to hit me that ‘my friend go there, I say go and play’. He was hitting me to go and play.

As he was hitting me, Asamoah Gyan came in support of what Baffour was doing – assaulting me.

Martey claims he has an audio recording of the incident and has reported the brothers to the local police station:

I’m suing big time. I’m going to sue.

The fact that Baffour threw a challenge to me that I can go to any court, any police station, they can’t do anything, that actually gave me more adrenaline to prove to them that the police force is still a good force.

I will sue tortuous liability on civil case and I will press for the police to also prosecute them criminally. I will fight this to my last blood.

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