Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's trip to Charlton
Ross provided updates on Josh Maja's contract talks and the latest news as he eyes a transfer breakthrough with the January window now open. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the key updates from the Sunderland manager's media briefing ahead of the trip to Charlton Athletic:
"It's a hectic period for us. The number of fixtures we've had to date in a short period of time, and there's a big week ahead of us as well. It's challenging for us and other teams who face similar."
"They've obviously had very good seasons, but I think we've had a good one. Only losing two league games at this stage is a good record, but their form has been very good and very consistent."
"I thought from the first game of the season that they would be around us. I think they've shown that as the season has gone on and their home form in particular is very good."
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"That moment it felt, on reflection, appropriate for us to win the game in that manager. Given everything that has happened in the summer, it was vital we continued that optimism."
"Lee is an important player to lose but when you are playing every week thats something that will happen. Every squad in the league is stretched and we are the same"
"The deadline wasn't set by me as a manager - it is a club decision. It was taken because we want to create a model so we know where we are at. "
"For as long as he's a Sunderland player and performs in the way he has done this season, he'll always be part of my plans. There's no update other than that."
"Bryan Oviedo should be back in the squad he just had a knock. Duncan Watmore will be back in the squad but Adam Matthews and George Honeyman remain out.
"All being well, we will be able to do that beginning of next week. We are quite far down the line. It is organised and ready to do. Beginning of next week we will be able to finalise that all being well."
"We are in a good position. If there are opportunities to add that we thought would make a huge difference, we would ask the question. Stewart was very supportive in the summer."