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John O'Shea | Defensemen

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 165

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John O'Shea and Seb Larsson may miss Dick Advocaat's debut as Sunderland manager with a knock and ankle injury respectively.
While neither player has a serious injury, both are doubtful to participate in the Black Cats' Week 30 trip to Upton Park. After being mauled by Aston Villa last weekend and auditioning for a new manager, Sunderland players should be motivated to push past injuries and put on a good performance. If you have to make a guess, guess that both players will be at least available for the bench. Mar 20 - 3:06 PM

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Sunderland have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

Poyet's sacking comes after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone after Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. "Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season," said chairman Ellis Short. "We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed." The Black Cats will have to move quickly to give any new manager enough time to have an impact and so an appointment is expected this week. Dick Advocaat, Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup, Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the early favourites.
Mar 16 - 10:44 AM

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has signed a two-year contract extension, extending his stay with the Black Cats until 2017.

33-year-old O'Shea has made more than 100 league appearances for Sunderland and is delighted to have committed his foreseeable future to the club. "I'm really happy that I can continue here for another two years," he said. "To captain a club like this and to play in front of our fantastic supporters is a huge honour and I look forward to showing my commitment on the pitch in the years to come."
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 07:14:00 AM

Sunderland have signed Argentine defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Club Estudiantes de La Plata until the end of the season.

Vergini was on loan with Argentine Primera club Estudiantes from Uruguayan parent club Atletico Fenix. He began his career in Paraguay with Olimpia before playing with Verona in 2011. After a stint with Newell’s Old Boys, Vergini joined Estudiantes in 2013. He has one cap for the Argentina national team. It's not clear yet if Vergini will replace one of the regular starters (John O'Shea or Wes Brown) or if he's strictly there for backup, but with 36 goals conceded (T-3rd most in the league) thru 22 games, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will need to sure up as many inconsistencies at the back as possible before it's too late. Sunderland's next match is against Stoke City at home on January 29.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 10:04:00 PM

Sunderland captain John O'Shea is expected to be fit for the match against Chelsea despite suffering a muscle injury against Aston Villa.

The defensive partnership between O'Shea and West Brown has been one of the main reasons for Sunderland's improved performances and results, so Gus Poyet will be delighted with his captain's recovery. The Black Cats remain without Kieren Westwood and Carlos Cuellar due to injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 04:52:00 AM

Sunderland XI: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Altidore, Fletcher Substitutes: Ki, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Borini, Mannone

Phil Bardsley returns to the starting XI, much to the delight of fantasy managers who stashed him at 1.47m this week. Altidore and Fletcher will partner up top with a two-headed striker attack.
Source: Twitter
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:39:00 AM

Sunderland AFC have confirmed via Twitter that they have parted ways with manager Paolo Di Canio, after the Italian manager could only muster 3 wins in 13 matches dating back to when he took over the club late last season.

After a 3-0 drubbing by West Brom, the brass had seen enough. Di Canio cannot complain as to a lack of talent around him, he played a large part in the summer transfer signings. It appears the fault was with tactical decisions and the players not buying into Di Canio's style. Sunderland will now be looking for its sixth manager in five seasons, just the sort of instability that can see a club get relegated.
Source: Twitter
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 06:08:00 AM

Paolo Di Canio insists there are players at Sunderland with the right attitude and has urged everyone to follow the example set by stand-in captain John O'Shea.

It's safe to say that Di Canio's planned clear-out this summer won't include O'Shea after these comments and may even suggest he could replace Lee Cattermole as permanent captain in the long term.
Thu, May 23, 2013 08:11:00 AM