Sunderland boss on pre-season schedule and bringing unity to the Academy of Light

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Yes, I fell on my face at Sunderland. James Chester started here and was as solid as ever. The game will be segregated, and Sunderland fans will enter via the away turnstiles at the west of the ground. He has done really well, he was out on the pitch with us the other day - not training with us, but still out on the pitch. The report claims that the club are trying to persuade Ndong to buy out his contract and therefore allow him to move on a free.

Kodjia also looked lively

The second half was one of few chances though and, as is often the case in pre-season, the game lost its flow once Colin Calderwood started to make changes late on. Duncan will hopefully be ready to return properly in late September, early October. Conor Hourihane also chipped in with a late third to seal a comfortable win and top off a tough week of training. Academy graduate Knibbs was making his first appearance for Villa's first team while Grealish isn't likely to make many more as Tottenham Hotspur circle cash-strapped Villa.

The second half was one

Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team. The Tunisia international is set to leave Wearside this summer and has been courted by Rennes - where spent last season on loan - and St Etienne. Here's how we reported on both friendlies as Steve Bruce readies the club for the new Championship campaign against a backdrop of financial uncertainty. It was also their first meeting since the Deflategate scandal.

But because of the numbers in the squad, it has to work that way. At the moment we are working with a lighter squad so they will get plenty of game time in those fixtures. Brady was also cited for being less than cooperative with the investigation. There were positive performances elsewhere, most notably from Ritchie De Laet at right-midfield.

Sunderland boss on pre-season schedule and bringing unity to the Academy of Light - Sunderland Echo

Conor Hourihane also chipped in with

Kodjia also looked lively and will continue to be in demand if he stays fit - and scoring goals - which of course is another worry. Jonathan Kodjia opened the scoring in the first-half before bundling a second over the line after the break.

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