Ticking Over

Jack Ross has identified pace and energy as key components of his teams as he looks to strengthen the squad and build one capable of making the Stadium of Light a fortress for teams to come to. “I think that I’ve always been conscious as a manager not to pin myself down into playing one particular way,” he said. “You have to be adaptable but you also want core aspects to how you do things and that is probably been reflected in all the teams that I’ve managed. They’ve all had an energy about them, a pace about them, they’ve been dynamic. Of course, it’s a challenge to get the players we need to be capable of playing in that manner but I think it is important for us to try and play that way. It suits what we have in terms of our stadium and our facilities. That’s what I’m looking forward to trying to create. To be successful in any league your home form has to be a cornerstone of that, it’s something that have you to get right. If we get that right, because of who we are, it will become hugely powerful and it will make it very difficult for teams who come here."

On the transfer front, Brighton have not given up hope of signing Paddy McNair and are expected to table an improved bid of around £5 million and Wahbi Khazri will reject Rennes’ contract offer in the hope of holding out for more money. June is always the same. We might struggle to offload flop Papy Djilobodji this summer due to his wages. The defender spent last season on loan at Dijon, but club President Olivier Delcourt has said that the transfer is 'inaccessible': “He has an English salary, so is inaccessible for us.”

Sunderland AFC have announced that they will launch their own live streaming service with new partner StreamAMG. Executive director Charlie Methven said: “For us it’s a no-brainer. Fans want to support their team, no matter where they are in the world. By offering the live streaming service, our overseas supporters can still feel connected to their club and be part of the excitement of a matchday. We have also seen over the last year that the service has been available, that it has provided clubs with a significant revenue stream, so it’s a win-win in terms of the benefit to our fans and to the club.”