Sunderland manager Gus Poyet issues instructions to his players during his side’s defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup Fifth round match at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Gus Poyet’s position at Sunderland is under no immediate threat with the board confident the Uruguayan can ride out a current rough patch and keep the(...)

Jon Stead scores Bradford’s second goal in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sunderland at Valley Parade. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jon Stead has been there and worn the T-shirt during a career spanning 13 years and 10 clubs. But once things got so bad that his own supporters actu(...)

Jon Stead scored Bradford City’s second as they rocked Premier League Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0Bradford reacted to their television snub by adding another Premier League scalp to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for th(...)

Leroy Fer and Bobby Samora scored QPR’s goals as they secured their first away win of the season against Sunderland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sunderland 0 QPR 2Caretaker boss Chris Ramsey presided over QPR’s first Barclays Premier League away win of the season as chairman Tony Fernandes clos(...)

Sadio Mane wheels away after scoring Southampton’s late winner in their 1-0 victory over QPR at Loftus Road. (Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

QPR 0 Southampton 1Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner to give Southampton a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory and ensure QPR began life after (...)

Jonathan Walters bagged a hat-trick as Stoke City saw off QPR 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Stoke City 3 QPR 1 QPR remain without an away point this season and second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League after Jonathan Walters’ hat-tr(...)

Yaya Sanogo celebrates after Marouane Chamakh puts Crystal Palace 3-2 up against Southampton. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Liverpool 0 Bolton 0Liverpool’s avoided an FA Cup upset at home to Bolton but even on a day of shocks it was not much of an achievement after a tooth(...)

 Eljero Elia of Southampton celebrates with manager Ronald Koeman after his first goal at St James’s Park. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Eljero Elia scored twice to fire Southampton back into third place in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought victory at Newcastle. The Dutchma(...)

 Jermain Defoe says   ‘can’t wait’ to start scoring for Sunderland after his move from Toronto FC. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Sunderland have completed the signing of Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.The Black Cats have confir(...)

Jermain Defoe is set for a return to Premier League football after agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with struggling Sunderland. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe is training with Sunderland at their Academy of Light base on Wednesday after agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with the club.It is (...)