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Sunderland chief Byrne hits back at Dyke criticism: Stop shooting from the hip!

Sunderland chief Margaret Byrne has expressed the club's anger at being singled out for criticism from FA chairman Greg Dyke last week.

Dyke highlighted the fact the Black Cats only recruited one English player - former Altrincham striker Duncan Watmore - during the transfer window.

"I was very disappointed by some comments in Mr Dyke's speech and in particular his reference to Sunderland AFC," wrote Sunderland chief executive Byrne in response to Dyke singling out her club for criticism in a speech about declining numbers of English players in the Premier League.

"I am sure that when Mr Dyke has had an opportunity to speak with clubs and to familiarise himself with the rigorous process involved with EPPP [Elite Player Performance Plan], he will become more knowledgeable as to the efforts we are making.

"All Premier League clubs [and indeed, all clubs in England] want to develop players who can play for England.

"We are fully committed to developing young English talent and our pledge to this was cemented from the moment we embarked on the Elite Player Performance Plan and indeed our significant capital investment in our indoor training facility last year."

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