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Sunderland: Alex Neil agrees deal with the club

A major claim has emerged in Sunderland’s pursuit of a replacement for Lee Johnson at the Stadium of Light…

What’s the talk?

Daily Mail reporter Craig Hope has revealed that they have reached an agreement with a head coach to finally take over at the club more than a week after Johnson’s sacking.

The ex-Bristol City boss was relieved of his duties after the 6-0 defeat to Bolton in League One at the end of January, with Kristjaan Speakman now set to replace him two games later.

Hope tweeted: “Alex Neil has agreed a deal to take over as Sunderland manager.”

Will Neil be a success?






Sunderland fans will be buzzing with this news for multiple reasons.

Firstly, they will be delighted to read that significant progress is finally being made in their pursuit of a new manager. This latest claim indicates that they are inches away from being able to announce Johnson’s successor, and supporters will surely be relieved that the saga is coming to a close.

It has been a frustrating period for the club as they have lost back-to-back League One matches with Mike Dodds at the helm, losing to bottom-half teams in Doncaster and Cheltenham. Speakman’s lack of speed in appointing a manager has seemingly cost Sunderland six points as their interim coaching setup proved that they were not up to the task at hand.

The fans will therefore be buzzing for a new man to come in. They will also be excited as Neil comes in with the experience of getting a team promoted in similar circumstances.

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Neil joined Norwich in January 2015 with the Canaries just outside the play-off picture in the Championship and led them to promotion via the play-offs. He galvanised the East Anglian outfit and took them to the Premier League, showing that he is able to make an instant impact without a pre-season or time to work out what he has within his squad.

Norwich won 15 of their 22 league games after his arrival before winning two of their three play-off matches to seal their ascent to the top flight. This highlights the potential that he has to make a difference at Sunderland, as he has proven that he can forge a winning team at a higher level than League One, which is why fans will surely be buzzing with this potential appointment.

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