The Roar Podcast - Sunderland Echo

The Roar Podcast - Sunderland Echo

By Sunderland Echo
A weekly Sunderland AFC podcast bringing you - the fans - all the latest news, views, insight and debate.

Featuring Sunderland Echo writers Phil Smith, Richard Mennear, Mark Donnelly and James Copley.

Head over to www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc for all of the latest SAFC-related news and content.
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Our team examine Sunderland's transfer plans, Will Grigg's future and another academy exit
While there may be no League One football on the horizon, there remains no shortage of talking points from the Stadium of Light. And on this week’s edition of The Roar – your Sunderland Echo SAFC podcast – Richard Mennear is joined by Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly to discussing all the big news from the Black Cats. On the agenda this week are Will Grigg, Aiden McGeady and the club’s transfer plans.
35:35
July 3, 2020
Bailey Wright latest, Will Grigg's future and Sunderland's contract calls on the agenda
Jon McLaughlin, Will Grigg and Bailey Wright are all on the agenda in the latest edition of 'The Roar' - our Sunderland AFC podcast. Mark Donnelly is joined by chief Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith to discuss the big talking points from another busy week at the Stadium of Light. We examine Sunderland's big contract news from the week, plus take a look at what could still happen on the transfer front with a busy few weeks expected.
28:14
June 26, 2020
Jon McLaughlin's future, Sunderland contract talks and the academy under the spotlight
While the action on the field may have taken a temporary pause, there's never a dull moment at the Stadium of Light! The last seven days have seen six players depart the club, with one more close to an exit, while Sunderland have also opened talks with three of their star men. In the latest episode of The Roar, Richard Mennear and Mark Donnelly discuss the big news from the Black Cats and look ahead to what may happen over the next few weeks.
22:23
June 19, 2020
Kieran Maguire joins us as we examine the next steps for Sunderland
We're back with another episode of 'The Roar' - our Sunderland AFC podcast. It's been a miserable week for the Black Cats, with a third season in the third tier confirmed after an EFL vote. We discuss the next steps for Sunderland following that verdict and are joined by football finance expert Kieran Maguire to discuss how it will affect the club's financial situation - and any potential takeover. You can listen on all the usual platforms.
31:02
June 12, 2020
What comes next? Analysing the takeover, transfer and contract decisions facing Sunderland
After today's decision to curtail the 2019/20 League One season, we analyse what comes next for Sunderland. With a host of transfer, takeover and contract decisions on the horizon, our team look at the key issues set to face Stewart Donald and Phil Parkinson in the coming months. Host Richard Mennear is joined by Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly to discuss the EFL's decision - and how Sunderland must react.
18:44
June 9, 2020
Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly discuss season card controversy, contract talks and SAFC Ladies
While there may be no football on the horizon, it's been another busy week at the Stadium of Light. Mark Donnelly is joined by Phil Smith to discuss the latest goings-on from Sunderland AFC in the latest episode of 'The Roar' - with season card controversy, Sunderland Ladies and the big EFL vote all on the agenda. We also take a look at the Black Cats' current contract situation and how the next few weeks may pan out on Wearside. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts and a host of other streaming platforms.
31:44
June 5, 2020
How will EFL clubs vote? Analysis as Sunderland's season set for disappointing end; plus reaction as Lee Cattermole leaves VVV-Venlo
Richard Mennear joins Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley do discuss all of the latest goings-on at the EFL and what that could mean for Sunderland's League One campaign.
38:52
May 22, 2020
Sunderland's controversial accounts analysed and explained as League One season nears conclusion
Richard Mennear is joined by Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley to discuss the issue on every Sunderland fans' mind at the moment: the club's accounts.
45:19
May 14, 2020
Discussing Jim Rodwell, Sunderland's academy and League One fate with Nick Barnes
BBC Newcastle's Nick Barnes joins Sunderland Echo writers Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley to discuss the latest goings-on at the Academy of Light as the Black Cats' League One fate looks set to be decided.
50:05
May 8, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: Gary Bennett talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the sixth edition, Gary Bennett speaks to Phil Smith about his time with the Black Cats. His picks go some way to telling the story of his stellar career with Sunderland.
29:38
April 26, 2020
Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony discusses EFL, Sunderland and why he didn't sign Will Grigg
Darragh MacAnthony joins Mark Donnelly to discuss the current situation in League One. The Posh owner has explained why he feels the season should finish, and how a number of their promotion rivals - including Sunderland - have backed his plans. MacAnthony also explains how he turned down the chance to sign Will Grigg in January, and we. chew the fat over season two of Sunderland 'Til I Die.
24:31
April 23, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: Bolo Zenden talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the fifth edition, Bolo Zenden speaks to Phil Smith about his time with the Black Cats. His picks go some way to telling the story of his stellar career with Sunderland.
24:51
April 17, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: Danny Collins talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the fourth edition, Danny Collins speaks to Phil Smith about his time with the Black Cats. His four games go some way to telling the story of his stellar career with Sunderland.
28:48
April 9, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: George Honeyman talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the third edition, George Honeyman speaks to Phil Smith about his time with the Black Cats. His four games go some way to telling the story of last season under Jack Ross.
27:55
April 6, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: Marcus Stewart talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the second edition, Marcus Stewart speaks to Phil Smith about winning promotion to the Premier League with the Black Cats after a rocky start to his Sunderland career. His four games go some way to telling the story of the Mick McCarthy inspired 2004/2005 Championship winning season. LISTEN TO PART ONE W/ STEPHEN ELLIOTT HERE
27:43
April 2, 2020
My defining Sunderland games: Stephen Elliott talks to Phil Smith
In a new feature, we're speaking to former Sunderland players and asking them to pick the games that defined their time on Wearside. In the first edition, Stephen Elliott speaks to Phil Smith about his journey from a youngster without a senior start through promotions, relegations, injuries and wonder goals. His four games go some way to telling the story of how he developed a lifelong connection with the club...
31:10
March 30, 2020
Sunderland Ladies' FAWNL title tilt in tatters; our team reacts to the FA's decision
Sunderland Ladies have been dealt a major blow after the FA announced that it would be declaring the current season null and void. Mel Reay's side were 11 points clear of second place with a game in hand before the decision. Host Richard Mennear leads the reaction alongside Echo writers Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley.
17:52
March 27, 2020
Sunderland AFC update; training, contracts, Phil Parkinson and what happens next?
Host Richard Mennear is joined (on Skype) by Echo writers Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley as the team discuss all things Sunderland AFC. In this episode: - The team ponders how the season should finish - How Phil Parkinson and his staff are coping - Sunderland 'Til I Die season two  - Plus much, much more!
31:27
March 27, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Fulwell73's Leo Pearlman talks Sunderland 'Til I Die and working with Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven
With season two of Sunderland 'Til I Die set to hit Netflix in the coming days, we spoke exclusively with Leo Pearlman about the anticipated second instalment. In this special edition of The Roar, writer Mark Donnelly quizzes Pearlman on the big issues surrounding the second series - including working with Charlie Methven and Stewart Donald - plus the possibility of a third season. Oh, and there's some takeover talk thrown in there too. Sunderland 'Til I Die season two will be released on April 1, and is produced by Fulwell73.
17:46
March 23, 2020
EFL suspends League One season due to coronavirus outbreak; Blackpool-Sunderland postponed
The Sunderland Echo's SAFC team react to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the football season
12:07
March 13, 2020
Gillingham draw and Bristol Rovers loss dissected as Sunderland drop points
Host James Copley is joined by Sunderland AFC writer Mark Donnelly at the University of Sunderland this week... The pair discuss: - Mandron's magic for Gillingham  - Sunderland's slip up away at Bristol Rovers - What next for Phil Parkinson? - Can Sunderland still gain promotion?
24:00
March 12, 2020
Takeover talk, Sunderland 'Til I Die, Coventry and Gillingham discussed with Nick Barnes and Phil Smith
BBC Radio Newcastle's Nick Barnes joins host James Copley and chief Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith at the University of Sunderland this week. The trio discuss: - Denver Hume v Declan John - Sunderland 'Til I die season two - The Coventry loss - Saturday's opponents Gillingham  - Takeover talk
44:23
March 5, 2020
Discussing Fleetwood, Joey Barton and Coventry with Danny Collins after Max Power's last-minute equaliser
Ex-Sunderland defender Danny Collins joins Echo journalists Phil Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley to discuss the draw with Fleetwood, Joey Barton's comments and the Black Cats' trip to Coventry.
45:01
February 27, 2020
Ex-midfielder Kieron Brady joins the team to discuss form, transfers and the League One run-in!
Host Richard Mennear is joined by ex-Sunderland midfielder Kieron Brady, Phil Smith and James Copley On the agenda: - Charlie Wyke v Kyle Lafferty  - Sunderland's form  - Can Portsmouth be stopped? - Phil Parkinson's tenure so far - Competition for places
49:55
February 20, 2020
Nick Barnes joins the team to discuss a win against Rochdale, Charlie Wyke, Phil Parkinson and more!
The BBC's Nick Barnes joins Rich, Mark and James to mull over a brilliant win against Rochdale at the Stadium of Light. The team also looks ahead to the Oxford game, weighs-up Charlie Wyke's contribution and analyses Phil Parkinson's tenure so far.
44:16
February 13, 2020
Sunderland Ladies head coach Mel Reay joins James Copley to discuss her team's meteoric rise!
Sunderland Ladies head coach Mel Reay joins host James Copley to discuss her term's brilliant performance so far this campaign. The pair talk potentially going the season undefeated, reaching the semi-final of the League Cup and the fifth round of the FA Cup against WSL1 side Birmingham City.
30:41
February 12, 2020
Sunderland's academy retains Category One status; Portsmouth analysis, Ipswich preview
Rich, Phil and James return to discuss all the latest Sunderland AFC goings-on; including the January transfer window, the club's academy, the Portsmouth loss and upcoming fixtures.
37:10
February 6, 2020
SAFC's deadline day deals analysed; Declan John, Antoine Semenyo and Marc McNulty
The Sunderland Echo's Richard Mennear and Mark Donnelly analyse SAFC's deadline day deals as two new faces, Declan John and Antione Semenyo, joined the club.
24:22
February 1, 2020
Phil Smith and Nick Barnes react to SAFC's NINTH game unbeaten after Tranmere win
The Echo's Phil Smith and the BBC Nick Barnes pick apart a vital away win for Phil Parkinson's Sunderland against Tranmere Rovers.
12:21
January 30, 2020
Mulling over Lynden Gooch's goal at MK Dons, transfer update and Doncaster Rovers preview
Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley return to discuss all things Sunderland AFC.  On this week's show, the team talks MK Dons, Doncaster Rovers, Phil Parkinson, Lynden Gooch, transfers, Will Grigg and much, much more!
35:16
January 23, 2020
Phil Smith talks TRANSFERS; Kyle Lafferty, Gary Madine, Liam Boyce, Greg Docherty & more!
Host Richard Mennear is joined by Phil Smith and James Copley to discuss Sunderland's transfer activity, the Wycombe win and the trip to MK Dons on Saturday.
29:59
January 16, 2020
A transfer update as our team discuss Stewart Donald and the fan action against him
The Sunderland Echo's SAFC team are back for with a first podcast of 2020. Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley mull over the recent club statement, Stewart Donald, transfers and much, much more!
45:11
January 9, 2020
Sunderland AFC team of the decade Christmas special with Phil Smith's alternative XI
Merry Christmas! Phil Smith and Richard Mennear are back to discuss Sunderland's team of the decade after a rollercoaster 10-years at the Stadium of Light
29:09
December 25, 2019
Bonus interview with Sunderland AFC Ladies media manager Mark Craggs
The man behind the brilliant @SAFCLadies Twitter account Mark Craggs joins host James Copley for a chat about women's football in the North East. We discuss everything from Mel Reay's brilliance to the team's fortunes this season and what it's like being a young, up-and-coming journalist in a thriving industry.
34:27
December 22, 2019
Phil Smith and Rich Mennear discuss Sunderland's new directors, Blackpool and the festive period
We're back with another episode of The Roar Podcast, discussing all things SAFC after Stewart Donald appointed two non-executive directors earlier this week.
21:38
December 20, 2019
Stephen Elliott joins the team to dissect a turgid Gillingham display, discuss Charlie Methven's exit and preview Blackpool's visit
Ex-Sunderland striker Stephen Elliot joins Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley to pick the bones of another Sunderland loss. The team also talk, Charlie Methven, Stewart Donald, Phil Parkinson, the January transfer window and look ahead to the Blackpool game at the Stadium of Light on Saturday
37:51
December 11, 2019
Ex-defender Danny Collins joins the team to discuss all things Sunderland ahead of Gillingham clash
The Roar - Episode 018. "For Brazil, he should play..." Ex-Cat Danny Collins is joined by host James Copley and chief SAFC writer Phil Smith for another edition of The Roar Podcast. The team discuss January signings, Phil Parkinson's tactics, Ethan Robson and Benji Kimpioka's contract situations, and look ahead to Sunderland's clash with Gillingham on Saturday. 
45:02
December 5, 2019
Burton Albion defeat Sunderland in League One - where do the Black Cats go from here?
The Roar - Episode 018. The Sunderland Echo's SAFC team are back to discuss the Black Cats' 2-1 loss to Burton Albion at the Stadium of Light. Host James Copley is joined by Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly.
29:32
November 27, 2019
Sunderland crash OUT of FA Cup at Gillingham as miserable run of form continues
The Roar - Episode 017. The Sunderland Echo's SAFC team are back to discuss Phil Parkinson's latest cup exit as Black Cats boss. Recorded at the University of Sunderland, host Richard Mennear is joined by James Copley and Mark Donnelly. 
26:37
November 21, 2019
Analysing Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and the Companies House documents - plus Scunthorpe and Gillingham chat
The Roar - Episode 016 The Sunderland's Echo SAFC team are back to discuss the club's finances under Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven - what do the Companies House documents actually mean? Rich, Phil and James also get their teeth into Phil Parkinson's men's performance at Scunthorpe and preview the Black Cats' trip to Gillingham in the FA Cup.
39:00
November 14, 2019
INTERVIEW: SAFC players Georgia Gibson and Megan Beer provide brilliant insight into life as a footballer
The Roar - SPECIAL 002 The Echo are proud to present a special interview with SAFC Ladies players Megan Beer and Georgia Gibson. The pair, alongside host James Copley, talk through the women's game, the Lasses title tilt, playing under Mel Reay and much, much more.
45:04
November 8, 2019
The Echo's SAFC team answer YOUR questions in a special edition podcast
The Roar - Episode 015 Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley are back at the University of Sunderland to answer listener questions about all things Sunderland AFC. This week, the team talks Phil Parkinson, Aiden McGeady, the January transfer window, Sunderland’s win over Southend, a disappointing result against Leicester’s under-21 team, how the Ladies are getting on, investment and much, much more!
46:04
November 7, 2019
DONE DEAL! Special edition podcast as SAFC secure eight-figure US Investment
FPP Sunderland have completed a deal to invest a ‘substantial sum’ into Stewart Donald’s ownership of Sunderland AFC. Here, the Echo's SAFC team bring you a special edition podcast analysing the deal in detail. You can read Phil Smith's exclusive story covering the big news here: https://bit.ly/36mmKl4 
14:31
October 31, 2019
How should Phil Parkinson use Aiden McGeady? SAFC's striking dilemma & a look at Southend United
The Roar - Episode 013 Rich, Phil and Mark discuss the week's Sunderland AFC news as Phil Parkinson's men crashed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties against Oxford United.
29:21
October 31, 2019
Sunderland FIVE Tranmere NILL: Reaction from Phil Parkinson as Cats prepare for Shrewsbury
The Roar - Episode 012 James Copley and Richard Mennear mull over Sunderland's superb victory over Tranmere Rovers at the Stadium of Light. This week's podcast also features audio from new manager Phil Parkinson as the ex-Bolton boss discusses Lynden Gooch and Aiden McGeady.
10:54
October 24, 2019
Reaction as Phil Parkinson ANNOUNCED as new SAFC boss
The Roar - Episode 011 Echo writers Phil Smith and James Copley are joined by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Sunderland AFC commentator Nick Barnes to discuss Phill Parkinson’s appointment. The former Bolton manager was appointed on a two-and-a-half-year deal this morning before holding training and meeting the media this afternoon. Our podcast team react to the appointment and ponder what Parkinson can bring to Sunderland ahead of the Black Cats’ trip to Wycombe Wanderers in League One on Saturday.
31:25
October 17, 2019
Jack Ross SACKED, takeover latest & what next for Sunderland?
The Roar - Episode 010 Phil, Mark, Rich and James mull over a hectic 24 hours at the Stadium of Light as manager Jack Ross received the sack after national newspapers reported Sunderland's takeover deal is off. What happens next on Wearside?  Recorded at the University of Sunderland.
36:52
October 9, 2019
McLaughlin v Burge, transfer business assessed plus was it the right call to postpone Fleetwood?
The Roar - Episode (Luke) 009  Rich, Phil and Mark discuss the big talking points at Sunderland AFC from the victory over MK Dons, where does Max Power's strike rate among the Stadium of Light greats, summer business assessed plus was it the right call to postpone Fleetwood clash?
43:01
October 3, 2019
Jack Ross special after Bolton chants and brilliant win over Blades
The Roar - Episode 008 Recorded at the University of Sunderland, The Echo's SAFC team - Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley - are back with another podcast. The trio discusses Jack Ross and the boos he experienced from the away end at Bolton - and the Black Cats 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Premier League Sheffield United. The team also preview Sunderland's clash with MK Dons at the Stadium of Light in League One on Saturday.
41:04
September 26, 2019
Phil Smith's TAKEOVER update, reader questions answered plus Jack Ross chat & Bolton preview
The Roar - Episode 007 Recorded at the University of Sunderland, The Echo's SAFC team are back with another podcast - which includes a key takeover update from chief writer Phil Smith. Richard Mennear and Mark Donnelly complete this week's line-up, with the trio answering reader questions on Jack Ross and Sunderland's upcoming trip to Bolton Wanderers in League One.
43:49
September 19, 2019
INTERVIEW: The trials, tribulations & redemption story of a Sunderland AFC defender
The Roar - SPECIAL 001 The Echo - in association with the University of Sunderland - are proud to present a special interview with Sunderland AFC Ladies defender Charlotte Potts. 'Pottsy', alongside host James Copley, talk through the women's game, anxiety, barriers and everything else in between.
26:27
September 15, 2019
TAKEOVER SPECIAL, Accrington Stanley preview, Marc McNulty analysis & Lincoln City verdict
The Roar - Episode 006 Recorded at the University of Sunderland, The Echo's SAFC team - Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly - return to talk all things takeover. The trio also previews Sunderland's upcoming fixture with Accrington Stanley, assesses Marc McNulty and analyses the Black Cats' League One rivals.
33:09
September 12, 2019
Takeover news, deadline day reflection, Peterborough United analysis & pre-Accrington Stanley chat
The Roar - Episode 005 Recorded at the University of Sunderland, The Echo's SAFC team - Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley - return to mull over the latest takeover talk, dissect deadline day, analyse the Peterborough drubbing and look ahead to the Black Cats' trip to Accrington Stanley.
34:50
September 5, 2019
SAFC beat Premier League Burnley! Analysis plus transfer & takeover news
The Roar - Episode 004 The Echo's Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly return to the University of Sunderland's studio to analyse SAFC's wins over AFC Wimbledon and Burnley plus all of the latest transfer and takeover news.
38:27
August 29, 2019
Jon McLaughlin contract latest, transfers news plus Portsmouth and Rochdale reviews
The Roar - Episode 003  Recorded at the University of Sunderland, SAFC Echo writers Richard Mennear, Phil Smith and James Copley review wins over Portsmouth and Rochdale whilst looking ahead to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
46:14
August 22, 2019
Our SAFC team dissect ANOTHER 1-1 draw, Stanley positives, under-pressure Jack Ross and the magic of Ji
The Roar - Episode 002 The Sunderland Echo SAFC team return with their weeky podcast to discuss ANOTHER 1-1 draw, the win at Stanley, under-pressure Jack Ross plus the latest transfer news.  Phil, Rich and Mark also answer your fan questions plus much, much more. 
50:00
August 15, 2019
A transfer special as we launch the Echo's new SAFC podcast
The Roar - Episode 001 A weekly Sunderland AFC podcast bringing you - the fans - all the latest news, views, insight and debate from Sunderland Echo writers Phil Smith, Richard Mennear, Mark Donnelly and James Copley. In this episode, we launch the show with YOUR comments on Jack Ross' men's draw with Oxford United, we also take a look at transfers and preview the Black Cats' clash with Ipswich Town at Portland Road on Saturday.
46:47
August 8, 2019