The ultimate soap-opera club, Sunderland, face another turbulent summer with intensifying reports of their star goalkeeper’s future and of who will fill the current managerial vacancy running in alignment.
Jordan Pickford’s possible departure is no secret after Sunderland rejected a derisory £8 million bid from Everton, and equally as overt is the likelihood of Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes taking over at the Stadium of Light, with the Dons reportedly planning for life without him.
Vito Mannone is also said a target elsewhere, and that would leave with just the largely untried, Mika in Sunderland’s goalkeeping inventory.
McInnes may look to some familiar faces to fill the obvious deficiencies in Sunderland’s squad, and cup final hero, Joe Lewis could well solve the Black Cats’ pending goalkeeping problem.
The English ‘keeper, who put in a man of the match display in the defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final, kept 14 clean sheets in the SPL last season, second only to ex-Sunderland stopper, Craig Gordon.
The 29-year-old has played his entire career, bar his solitary season at Pittodrie, in the Football League, including spells at Cardiff and Fulham.
McInnes, of course, will be a huge fan of Lewis, and will likely look for some help from former players to plug gaps in Sunderland’s squad, with the goalkeeping position likely to be one of them.
Should the two likely hypothetical situations occur of Pickford and Mannone deserting the Stadium of Light, and Derek McInnes being implemented as Sunderland boss, then Joe Lewis would be a logical addition as well.