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Sunderland are expected to appoint Tony Mowbray

An update has emerged on Sunderland and their pursuit of a new manager to take over on Wearside…

What’s the talk?

According to the Northern Echo, the Black Cats are expected to appoint former Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray.

The report does not add any further details on his potential contract at the Stadium of Light or when a deal could be announced, but Kristjaan Speakman appears to be closing in on his man.

This comes after Alex Neil rejected the chance to put pen to paper on a new contract with Sunderland in order to become the new manager of Stoke.

He could stabilise the club

Journalist Josh Bunting recently claimed that Mowbray would be able to “stabilise” the club by being a solid, albeit unexciting, appointment.

This is exactly what it would be and that is not a bad thing. If he can keep them in the league then he could provide solid foundations for the next boss to build from, instead of making a risky move now and potentially ending up in a relegation scrap that sends them back to League One.

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The Black Cats reportedly want a manager who can get the best out of young players and the 58-year-old finished eighth in the Championship last season despite having a side dubbed as one of the youngest in the division.

This suggests that he would suit the way the club want to operate from a youth development standpoint, which is one reason why he would be a solid appointment.

Another is that he is vastly experienced in the Championship and has proven, time and again, that he knows what it takes to get results at this level.

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Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling described him as “top class” and his namesake, Guy Mowbray, praised the potential move, Tweeting: “His teams always play good football – whilst solid too. It’s not a ‘sexy’ appointment – but a good one to keep the club stable and moving the right way.”

Throughout his career, Mowbray has managed a whopping 416 matches in the second tier – averaging 1.44 points per game. That works out at around 66 points in a 46-game campaign and that tally is level with QPR’s record in 2021/22 as they finished 11th in the table.

If the 58-year-old boss can lead the Black Cats to a similar position in the table this term then it would be a fantastic first year back in the Championship, as they would be comfortably avoiding relegation.

Therefore, Mowbray can stabilise the club by using his experience to come in and ensure that finishing in the bottom three is not on the cards on Wearside, stabilising them in the league in the short term.

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