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Michael Beale speaks for the first time on becoming Sunderland’s new manager

Michael Beale speaks for the first time on becoming Sunderland’s new manager, and it’s got a huge reaction on social media.

Beale, 43, comes into the Black Cats having previously been in charge of Queens Park Rangers in the Championship and Rangers in Scottish Premiership, before being sacked with the latter sacked in October after just 10 months in charge.

His first game as Tony Mowbray’s replacement will be against Coventry City at the Stadium of Light next Saturday afternoon, with Sunderland hoping to keep up their winning form, thanks to interim boss Mike Dodds.

They currently sit 7th in the table, with 33 points from 22 games played, and are three points behind Hull who are in the last playoff place.


Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Beale as the Club’s new Head Coach.

Beale has signed a contract until summer 2026 at the Stadium of Light and started his role on Monday, returning to coaching two months after leaving Rangers Football Club.

After an exceptional spell leading the first team on an interim basis, Mike Dodds has taken the next step on his pathway and been promoted to the role of Assistant Head Coach.

Michael Proctor and Alessandro Barcherini will continue in their respective roles, as the Club strives to build beyond the foundations established throughout the past two-and-a-half seasons.

Beale’s career started with an immensely successful 15-year tenure in the academies of Chelsea and Liverpool where he contributed to the development of a host of elite talents, including Declan Rice, Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

After leaving his mark on many of the players currently shaping the identity of the Premier League and England’s national team, he undertook assistant roles at São Paulo, Rangers and Aston Villa before being appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers in June 2022.

A 10-month tenure in Scotland followed for Beale, who guided Rangers to the 2023 Scottish League Cup final and departed Ibrox Stadium with the highest top-flight win percentage (77.42%) in the Club’s history.

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman said: “We have monitored Michael’s career for some time and we are delighted to have reached an agreement for him to become our new Head Coach. He has an excellent and well-founded reputation for developing players and he is an outstanding progressive coach, who is aligned with our playing identity and naturally fits within our structure alongside Mike Dodds and the wider team. We continue to trust in our established process of identifying the right candidates to take us forward at these junctures and although Michael has had a setback, we feel we are getting him at the right time in his coaching journey and our journey as a Club.”

Beale added: “It’s a huge honour to be joining the Sunderland family and I would like to thank Kyril, Kristjaan and the rest of the Executive Team for the faith and responsibility they have placed in me. The existing coaching team deserve huge credit for the way they navigated the interim period and like all of the staff at the Club, they will continue to be vitally important moving forward alongside the incredible fans that make SAFC such an historic and unique Club. It’s clear there is some excellent work being done at senior and academy level and I’m excited to support those efforts and implement my own ideas, as we build on the strong identity already established within the Club.”

Kyril Louis-Dreyfus concluded: “I’m thrilled to welcome Michael to our Club and wish him every success here at the Stadium of Light. Throughout our discussions, it was clear that he shares our ideals on implementing a high-performance culture and he is committed to a playing style that we feel is central to our progress. I would also like to place on record my gratitude to Mike Dodds and our coaching team for not only leading us through the interim period, but for adopting a bold and creative approach that inspired memorable back-to-back wins. Alongside Michael, I truly believe our people will continue to drive the Club forward as we enter 2024 with renewed energy, excitement and optimism.”

This is what fans are saying as Michael Beale speaks for the first time on becoming Sunderland’s new manager…

@billysafc2012: I’m one of the most optimistic, glass half full, rose tinted glasses people there is……. and even I’m absolutely gutted at this. Farce of a decision

@MattyMackem: On Beale’s appointment I’ve watched him manage QPR and Rangers and can honestly say it’s a superb appointment. Provided he’s given the right players to work with we’re in quality hands #SAFC

@Andy_JGordon: The negative responses to this from fans are so over the top & counter-productive. Time to get behind Beale & the team now regardless of your personal pre-conceived opinion, tweeting the club page to say you don’t want him can only have a negative impact #SAFC

@KYLECLA42776881: Wouldn’t have been my choice but I always like to give a manager a full season to change my mind, good luck fella, I think you might need it.

@EddieSAFCx: You’re the only one that’s delighted

@Jak3yC: Get behind him no other option 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️

@BenCra1g: I do not want to see an interview a year from now of Beale spouting the same self pitying drivel as the likes of Bridcutt moping around saying the fans hated him and that’s why he failed. NEED to get behind him at the end of the day and give him every chance to succeed here.

@Parkersafc: Welcome. Hopefully prove the doubters wrong and prove himself with results on the pitch. Good luck Michael Beale 👍 #safc

@MiserableMackem: This is horrendous, by the way. Read the room, lads. 95% of the fan base don’t want him here. A complete car crash.

@MarkAbel_28: You honestly sacked Tony Mowbray to bring in this guy? 🤦🏼‍♂️

@Capt_Fishpaste: Please to see Mike Dodds get a promotion here. Definitely proved himself and seems like a good bloke as well as a talented coach. #SAFC

@allylay10: Won’t last the season… bookmark this

@SAFCGeorge6: Gotta give him a chance, best of luck

@LukeWarrenSAFC: At the end of the day #safc wanted to appoint a coach not a manager, Beale’s record as a head coach at QPR was excellent, not thrilled but don’t think it’s as bad as people are saying @SunderlandAFC #SAFC

@rokerroarontour: What a depressing day. Just shows theyve massaged stats and win rates without referring to trophies won and drop off/improvement since his arrival/departure. Hopefully only a short spell and marks the beginning of end for Speakman. No surprise his eyes and ears remain #safc

@WVintageColours: One of the most underwhelming managerial appointments ever at SAFC. Expectation is close to zero and if we lose to the Skunks he might as well pack up and leave. Shocking appointment.

@stevebulch: Horrendous appointment, there is definitely a difference between what the fans expect and what the club are willing to do

@ryl4tt: Our last 2 appointments have been underwhelming at the time but both proved to be undoubtably successful. People are entitled to think Beale isn’t the answer (as do I) but christ, some of the bed wetting is pathetic. Judge him after 10/15 games – not before he’s even begun #SAFC

@dowen0wen: Its underwhelming, but lets get behind him and back the players 🔴⚪️

@JackTRFC06: Such a downgrade on Mowbray

@Jhouns1991: Glad you’re delighted, because we aren’t.

@jimmmyreay: Loathe to criticise really before he’s even had the chance to show what he can do here, but from the outside it’s hardly the type of appt to excite after TM on paper at least. Big few weeks coming up so needs to hit the ground running. Prove us wrong pls MB #SAFC

@EthanSmith1717: Hopefully he proves us wrong. Him and dodds working together could be a master class

@Anthony_Bulmer: Get him a nice lead and collar for his appointment? As long as he wags his tail and doesn’t bark. He will be alright for a couple of months.

@gavincallaghan_: Sunderland owners get Beale’s Rangers record wrong and claim win percentage is proof he is a winner. Rangers fans universally say he played poor football and is a fraud. This’ll go well. 🤦🏻‍♂️ #SAFC

@newts1985: Ah well, it is what it is now. 🎶 Micky B’s Red n White army 🎶 #SAFC

@mstores: What a let down. An upgrade? I don’t think so. Happy to be proved wrong like #safc

@SAFC_Luke_2703: Underwhelming but still winning the lot

@Tinnerz_SAFC: Very unhappy and underwhelmed. Shocking appointment in my eyes. I will get behind the lads. I hope he can change my mind.

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