Gus Poyet: “Stability is key to long-term and sustained success . . . and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability.” Photograph: Reuters

Gus Poyet has disappointed Southampton by agreeing an improved two-year contract with Sunderland, intended to keep him on Wearside until at least 2016(...)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: “Staying up will nearly, probably, feel like winning something” Photograph: PA

As a player Gus Poyet would have been horrified to find himself finishing a season just above the Premier League’s relegation zone but says doing so a(...)

 Fourth official Howard Webb restrains David Meyler after a clash with Alan Pardew. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed the organisation will investigate Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s headbutt on Hull midfie(...)

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson did not expect to play every week for Manchester City, just more than once a month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

This is no time for soundbites. But you could feel the hand of history tapping shoulders in Sunderland on Wednesday afternoon. There was(...)

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sunderland are considering taking legal action against Paolo Di Canio following their former manager’s tirade against a number of his old players.The (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with injured defender Joey O’Brien at training in Malahide today. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Joey O’Brien was expected to leave the Republic of Ireland squad on Sunday after undergoing a scan on a hamstring injury.The West Ham defender was se(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill during the win over Latvia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has hit back at Paolo Di Canio with the spat between the two former Sunderland managers showing little sign of abating. The Ulsterman,(...)

Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Martin O’Neill as the war of words between the former Sunderland managers continued. Photograph: PA Wire

Paolo Di Canio has hit back at Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill as the war of words between the former Sunderland managers continued. Di Can(...)

Manager Martin O’Neill at last night’s Republic of Ireland training run-out at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Martin O’Neill delivered a passing pronouncement on the job done by Giovanni Trapattoni last night at the Aviva Stadium where he suggested that the 74(...)

Republic of Ireland manager  Martin O’Neill during a press conference at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

A day like Saturday is about feeling out and sizing up. We him, him us. A couple of times over the course of the afternoon, Martin O’Neill doubled bac(...)