No Sunderland move for trialist
Scottish midfielder Liam Burt spent time on trial at the Academy of Light last month as he looked to earn a Sunderland deal.
No deal will be forthcoming from Phil Parkinson’s team however, as the Glasgow Times report that the club opted to sign a more experienced player ahead of him.
Sunderland have not signed any senior players since the 21-year-old joined on trial, however they did wrap up the signing of former Hartlepool United midfielder Josh Hawkes for the development squad.
Burt, who has been on the books of both Rangers and Celtic, had also been on trial at Championship outfit Barnsley but, with no contract offer there either, will remain on the lookout for a new club.
Less talking, more action
Dwight Yorke has been talking to Sky Sports about the difficulties he has gone through attempting to enter management after he retired from playing.
The 48-year-old explained that his former Sunderland team-mate Andy Cole had warned him while he was taking coaching qualifications that he would not get the opportunity to manage.
Yorke revealed that prediction proved to be true as when he applied for the managers job at two of his former clubs, he did not even get a reply and is now wants for less talking and more action in the hopes of getting more black managers into the English game:
He [Cole] didn’t think I’d get the opportunity - you look around over the years and you just aren’t getting the opportunities.
When I applied for the job at Aston Villa, a club I’d given 10 years to, I thought that might be something they would look at or at least talk to me and try to get in there in some capacity and it never really happened.
I had Sir Alex Ferguson on the line at the time trying to get me through the door and then I tried to get the Sunderland job and I never got a response from it.
You see more black people on television than you ever have before so it’s heading in the right direction but enough talking, we need more action and we need people to get the top jobs.
Moves for former loanees
Two former loanees who had their Sunderland loans cut short found new clubs on Monday, as Marc McNulty headed to Scotland and Jerome Sinclair joined a Bulgarian club.
McNulty joined Micky Mellon’s Dundee United on a season-long loan just a week after he had been arrested by Scottish police in a match-fixing probe.
Mellon told the club’s official website that he was delighted to bring a prolific international striker to his club:
I’m pleased that we’re going to be able to add another international footballer with the qualities that Marc has to the group in order to help us move forward to the Dundee United we all want to see.
He’s definitely a step in the right direction for us to achieve that.
The backing that we’ve got from the chairman in these times, to get it over the line is terrific. He’s helped us to bring another quality player to the group.
Marc’s an international player so he’ll bring the qualities of a player who has played at the highest level.
He’s pacey, clever and fantastic in the 18-yard box. You only have to look at his goals-per-game - he scores everywhere he’s been.
We’re looking forward to getting him in and working with him with the rest of the group and, hopefully, pushing him as well towards getting back into the Scotland squad on a regular basis
Meanwhile, Sinclair has joined CSKA Sofia on a season-long alongside his Watford team-mate Adalberto Peñaranda.
His spell with CSKA will be his fourth loan spell away from Watford and he spent last season as a team-mate of Lee Cattermole at Dutch club VVV-Venlo