Moyes tells fans to prepare for relegation battle

​ Sunderland boss David Moyes has told fans to prepare for another relegation battle this season after Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough. The club have lost the opening two games under Moyes, who replaced England manager Sam Allardyce this summer. Asked about fans fearing another struggle, he said: "Well, they would probably be

Adam Johnson charged with sex offences

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. Johnson was initially arrested on Monday March 2 and was charged after he answered his police bail on Thursday at Peterlee police station. The charge was confirmed by Durham Police

Patrick Bamford hopes to get first-team chances at Chelsea

Striker Patrick Bamford has urged Chelsea to let him compete for a first-team place next season. The 21-year-old, crowned Championship player of the year on Sunday, has been superb on a season-long loan at promotion-chasing Middlesbrough this term, scoring 19 goals in 41 appearances. Bamford has spent the past three seasons on

Manchester City not good enough – Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson says former club Manchester City have dramatically underachieved under Manuel Pellegrini and should be doing better for the money they have spent. Pellegrini guided City to the Premier League title in his first season but this campaign has been more inconsistent, with back-to back-defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester

James Milner rescue point for Manchester City

Substitute James Milner fired a fantastic equaliser two minutes into injury time to spare Manchester City’s blushes and save a point against relegation strugglers Hull. Until then it looked as though the Tigers were going to celebrate their first away win at City since February 1930 after David Meyler had fired

Avram Grant leads Black Stars into final amid chaotic scenes

Equatorial Guinea’s Africa Cup of Nations dream came to a disappointing end amid more shameful scenes in Malabo on Thursday night. The hosts have lit up this tournament, performing footballing miracles, backed by enthusiastic support. But as they exited at the semi-final stage, those same fans showed an uglier side, throwing

Mark Schwarzer joins Leicester City

Leicester City have signed veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on an 18-month contract from Chelsea on a free transfer. The Australia international keeper, who has made over 500 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Fulham over 18 years, joins the Foxes on a contract that runs until June 2016. Leicester's first-choice keeper

Mowbray keen on Whitehead capture

Former Stoke City midfielder Dean Whitehead could be set for a move to Middlesbrough after manager Tony Mowbray declared his interest. The 31-year-old did not have his contract renewed at the Britannia Stadium despite making 30 appearances in all competitions last season. He is now a free agent and Mowbray is hoping

League Cup draw: Chelsea to face Manchester United

Chelsea will host Manchester United in the pick of the fourth round ties of the Capital One Cup. The two sides, who have won the competition four times previously, progressed following wins over Wolves and Newcastle respectively. Holders Liverpool, who beat West Brom in the third round, host Swansea in a match that will see Reds boss Brendan