It was after Sunderland lost 2-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.
Aiden McGeady scored both of the visitors’ goals as Lee Johnson’s Black Cats gained precious minutes heading into the new season.
Sunderland have announced the signing of former Huddersfield Town forward Alex Pritchard and former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Corry Evans alongside Machester City defender Callum Doyle on loan.
However, more reinforcements are expected at the Stadium of Light in the coming weeks.
Here, however, we bring you some of the most interesting stories circulating today:
League One rivals Sunderland defender Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic is interested in taking a step for Sunderland defender Bailey Wright this summer.
This is according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon.
The Latics also got stronger ahead of the new campaign with the signings of ex-Black Cats Max Power and Charlie Wyke.
The 28-year-old defenseman made his League 35 debut last season and helped the Wearsiders keep ten clean sheets as they placed in the top six in tier three.
However, potential rivals from Sunderland’s promotion to League One this season, Wigan Athletic, are reportedly interested in a deal to bring the center back to DW Stadium.
That would leave Sunderland even shorter in a position they seek to strengthen this summer.
EFL changes substitution rules ahead of 2021-22 season
Sunderland and their rivals will only be allowed to make three substitutions in English Football League competitions next season.
Last season, clubs were allowed to make five changes per game at three separate intervals and appoint an extended bench of nine.
The changes came in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Daily Mirror, however, the EFL will revert to the previous decision for the coming season.
This means EFL managers will only be allowed to make three changes per game and nominate an 18-man squad for the day, unlike last season’s rulebook.
The rules will also apply to the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy, but an additional substitution will be allowed for both teams in the event of extra time.