Stadium of Light

Next Game

Sunderland v Stoke

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 0 - 0 Sunderland

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Pantilimon: Decision was easy

Costel Pantilimon says joining Sunderland was an easy choice, with no thought given to their struggles last season.

Last Updated: 29/07/14 at 15:50 Post Comment

Costel Pantilimon: Looking forward to a new challenge at Sunderland

Costel Pantilimon: Looking forward to a new challenge at Sunderland

The Romanian goalkeeper has opted to swap life at Premier League champions Manchester City for that at the Stadium of Light.

He has linked up with a squad that left it late to preserve their top-flight status in 2013/14, with a final flourish lifting them clear of trouble.

Pantilimon is aware that the troubles could influence the thinking of potential new recruits, but insists he needed little persuading to make a move to Wearside.

On joining Gus Poyet's ranks, he told The Echo: "No, the results from last year didn't worry me.

"I know that at this moment we have a good manager and good players. It didn't scare me or anything like that.

"I remember the games against Sunderland with Man City last season. We lost the game here, drew at home and we had a difficult game in the (Capital One Cup) final after they scored the first goal.

"I came here to help this team. I know about this project and the ideas of the manager. I'm sure we're going to do good things.

"I trust what has happened here. We can do more than what happened last year."

Pantilimon, who will compete with Vito Mannone for the number one jersey at Sunderland, added: "I've found great people here. Since the moment I came here, it was easy to adapt.

"I think it will be the same for the other new players. When you have a good team and good staff, it's easy to settle.

"I know Adam (Johnson) from City. I talked with him. He's a good guy and also a good player."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores second straight hat-trick in Real Madrid rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid as he grabbed four goals in a huge 5-1 home win over Elche.

Capital One Cup Live

Live updates from the Capital One Cup third round as well as the latest news and views from the world of sport.

Scottish football: Former Celtic striker John Divers has died aged 74

Former Celtic striker John Divers has died. He was 74.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property