Notts County loan for Sunderland youngsters?
Despite the transfer window closing last week, there may yet be more departures from Sunderland with non-league clubs still being able to sign player on loan.
There are a number of young Sunderland players who would benefit from a loan spell in senior football, with Phil Parkinson suggesting last month that Benji Kimpioka would be one such player.
Sunderland’s non-executive director Tom Sloanes was on the Veterans in Crisis podcast this week and discussed the possibility of getting Kevin Ball in touch with Notts County to set up possible loan deals for one or two the club’s youngsters:
A friend of mine has actually bought Notts County, the football team. They’re a Conference team, Bally looks after the young kids and things like that, so I’m going to put him in touch after the transfer window because, in the Conference, they don’t have a deadline.
So if Kevin has a couple of lads that he wants to get out because Kevin wants to see the young lads playing football.
They’ve got to be playing though, they’ve got to be playing against blokes and men and getting stuck in, he’s not a big fan of playing at the under-23 level because you’re not really learning anything.
So we’ll put them in touch.
That possibility has increased with the Magpies suffering from injuries and manager Neal Eardley admitting that he may have to use the loan market to strengthen his side:
It could be. I am sure the owners would be very supportive as they always have been.
We’ve let one or two go out and recouped some money for them.
I am sure it’s a possibility, but if we are going to bring people in sometimes clubs will only let them come if they are playing or in the squad.
When we get Michael Doyle and Damian McCrory back we will have a better squad.
We need to assess it. Like we did with Callum Roberts and Joe McDonnell, we are doing our homework and making sure we have lists.
Should that moment arise then we will act quickly.
You can listen to Tom Sloanes appearance on the Veterans In Crisis podcast by pressing play on the YouTube video below.
Bowyer on McGeady
Charlton Athletic’s on-loan Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady is in line to make his debut for the Addicks at the weekend as they visit Stoke City.
McGeady had been frozen out by Phil Parkinson but Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is not fazed by the Irish international falling out of favour at Sunderland, he is just delighted to have such a great player in his squad:
McGeady is a great player.
Whatever has gone on in the past is gone and it’s nothing to do with me. My job now is to get him back to where we know he can be. He scores goals & makes assists and I’m delighted that he’s in our squad.
He brings us something different.
Meanwhile, there had been suggestions that Charlton were paying half of McGeady’s wages but that has been laughed off by Richard Cawley of the South London Press:
If you believe Charlton are paying the portion of Aiden McGeady's wages mentioned by some of the media at the Sunderland end then just a gentle reminder that the tooth fairy is coming to tea at 6pm - and she only eats tooth-shaped cakes.— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) February 5, 2020
Ex-Black Cat joins Newcastle
Ex-Sunderland midfielder Carl Robinson has been appointed the new head coach of A-League side Newcastle Jets.
Robinson has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Jets and it is his second managerial appointment after he parted ways with MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps in September 2018.
Speaking about his appointment, the former Welsh international said the opportunity to move to Australia was too good to turn down:
The opportunity was too good to turn down, I am moving my family from a beautiful city in Vancouver to another amazing part of the world.
The City of Newcastle is a city on the up, and myself and my family are looking forward to joining the community and playing a huge part in the continued growth of football in this area.
I am thrilled to be taking charge of the Jets. Everything I have seen about the club so far has been top class, they are desperate for success and hopefully, we can achieve that together.