Michael Owen and Alan Shearer were at Newcastle as a gambling culture took hold that saw players betting thousands on the team bus.
Paolo Di Canio tried to manage by fear and paid the price, former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce said after the Italian became the first managerial casualty of
It is understood Sunderland have accepted an undisclosed bid from Wigan for winger James McClean.
Lee Cattermole's future at Sunderland remains uncertain after Paolo Di Canio declined to reveal whether the midfielder has a part to play this season.
Titus Bramble could be about to re-sign for his first club Ipswich.
Sunderland's summer recruitment drive shows few signs of slowing down with defender Gino Peruzzi due in England on Thursday to tie up his move.
Titus Bramble has accused Paolo Di Canio of being a "strange person" who has a lot to learn about dealing with players.
Sunderland have agreed a deal with Lazio for central defender Modibo Diakite.
Sunderland have confirmed the departures of Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon.
Titus Bramble has confirmed he will be leaving Sunderland when his contract expires at the end of next month.
Simon Mignolet had warned Sunderland they cannot allow the pressure of a relegation scrap get to them if they are to survive.
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