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Top six favourites to become new Sunderland manager after sacking Tony Mowbray

The top six favourites to become new Sunderland manager has been revealed after sacking Tony Mowbray late on Monday night.

The Black Cats waved goodbye to their head coach Tony Mowbray after 15 months in charge having only won two of their last nine league games.

This has resulted in them falling down to 9th in the Championship table, having made the playoffs for the 2022/23 campaign.

The 60 year old was appointed at Sunderland back in August last year, coming in to replace Alex Neil who became the manager of Stoke City.


Sunderland AFC has this evening parted company with Head Coach Tony Mowbray.

The Club would like to thank Tony for the positive contribution he has made throughout the past two seasons alongside his assistant Mark Venus, who also departs.

Both will always be welcome back at the Stadium of Light and we wish them well for the future.

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman commented: “All at SAFC have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tony and he is quite rightly held in high regard by our players and staff, and our supporters.

“After arriving at an uncertain time, he helped guide us to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs and played an important role in developing our team. This was a difficult decision to make, but we remain loyal to our ambition and our strategy, and felt that now was the right moment to take this step.

“We are now focused on identifying the right candidate and we will continue to support our coaching team and players throughout the interim period.”

Chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus added: “I would like to place on record my gratitude to Tony for his hard work and commitment to Sunderland, a place where he will always be welcome.

“As custodians of our great club, we believe in our long-term strategy that we hope will ensure sustainability and success for SAFC. Central to that approach is a relentless demand for a high performance culture to be implemented throughout the Club and the development of a strong playing identity that you, our loyal supporters, can all be proud of.

“Your continued support will also be fundamental to that progress and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Stadium of Light throughout the festive period and as we enter 2024.”

Supported by the Club’s existing coaching team, Mike Dodds will lead the first-team’s training and match preparations until the process to appoint a new Head Coach has concluded.


Sky Bet – 5th Dec 2023 – 9am
John Eustace – 5/1
Steven Schumacher – 5/1
Nathan Jones – 8/1
Paul Heckingbottom – 11/1
Frank Lampard – 12/1
Kevin Muscat – 12/1
Lee Carsley – 12/1

Sky Bet – 5th Dec 2023 – 10am
Paul Heckingbottom – 3/1
Steven Schumacher – 4/1
John Eustace – 9/2
Julien Sablé – 6/1
Nathan Jones – 10/1
Kevin Muscat – 12/1
Lee Carsley – 12/1

Sky Bet – 6th Dec 2023 – 9am
Julien Sablé – 1/1
Will Still – 4/1
Steven Schumacher – 5/1
Paul Heckingbottom – 13/2
Steve Bruce – 10/1
Graham Potter – 12/1
John Eustace – 12/1
Nathan Jones – 12/1

Tony Mowbray said after the game against Millwall, as per Chronicle Live: “I thought we pretty much dominated the game apart from the last ten minutes when we’d scored,” said Mowbray. “You expect us to be putting much their goal under siege at that point but it was the other way around, if anything.

“We can control a game but we don’t look like scoring a goal. They had isolated breakaways, I thought we dominated long spells without looking like we’d score.

“We had about 74% possession and and 27 shots on Wednesday [against Huddersfield], and scored one goal from a set play. It was similar at Plymouth. We don’t look like scoring – I think it’s because we have inexperienced strikers who aren’t really ready at this moment to play for our team, but they have to play and we are playing them.

“We are trying to develop them and get them up to speed to be able to be a striker in the Championship. We controlled it without a cutting edge. [Dan] Ballard maybe should have scored in the second half, Clarke obviously wins us a penalty. Not enough shots, not enough end product.”

Mowbray adds: “The club wants to develop young players and for them to be given an opportunity. That’s what I do, I give them a chance.

“My gut inside me [in the game] tells me that we need to change, because I want to win. That’s the truth, I’m trying to develop young players to create value in them, give them good careers. Sometimes they’re not quite ready but that’s OK, they’ll get game time, they’ll get on the pitch to experience the Championship. I signed up for that, I bought into it. Here I am doing it, picking them, playing them.

“I’m comfortable with it but there you are at 55 minutes… and I want to win. We still aren’t having shots, so I go with players I think I can turn it around. As a club we want to be bold and the young players have to be on the pitch to show they can do it, that’s what we’re doing.”

Twitter users gave their reaction with the top six favourites to become new Sunderland manager revealed after the sacking of Tony Mowbray…

@the_peakys: Sorry to see this. A team lacking a striker is never going to achieve what the board want. We played some smashing footy under Mowbray at times.

@SAFCRUBY: stop… this is an april fools right

@JuceeRob: This is mental, especially after listening to Jack Clark on @talkSPORT with @JimWhite earlier. Seemed to me that the players liked the manager.

@AnthTheMackem: The Mowbray era is over. 🤧

@Ramma_____: All the best uncle Tony, I will miss that Boss gilet & those slippery slip ons but most of all the ethical, front foot football. Another manager departs unbeaten against the mags 🤝💪

@WhatTheFalkPod: Thanks for all your hard work Tony. Good luck, you’ll be remembered well.

@EthanOsafc: Right timing. Some of the football I’ve seen under Tony has been some of the best I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately he got found out and had no plan B. All the best mogga

@Matt_Co7: It could of been a tumultuous time when Neil suddenly left to Stoke. Inheriting a young squad that just came from L1. He kept the ship on course&the club improved without skipping a beat. Loved the style of football he produced. Met him personally&he was kind, candid & genuine 👏

@Tone87Zebra: Cheers for everything some quality times last season and quality football best for years

@bennnsafc: Love him. All the best, but in the end was just absolutely found out tactically

@tenchylad: Personally saddened to hear this , felt he understood what we needed and was guiding the young players the right way. I won’t be critical of the ownership and have to trust their actions. But can’t help think that the current run is a blip , hope they get the right replacement.

@GILESY1973: Thanks for the great memories and good luck in future 👏🏻

@dazw71: Not connected with Sunderland in any way at all, but this seems madness from the outside. Maybe it makes sense to Sunderland fans?? Seems very Birmingham esq

@twangmackem: Not happy about this at all

@Marshy_SAFC: i’ve been saying it for weeks… but now the day has come i feel upset.

@teachinprimary: I can’t get my head round this. Has fostered a fantastic no fear culture in which a young team has thrived. Wouldn’t be surprised by an exodus of top young players in January now. Some fans need to take their heads out the clouds

@Adamsbcfc: Rooney will play the style of football you want. I’ll drive him 👍👌

@BradleyDSharp11: Poor decision. Can see why, but all wrong

@J0shuaJ0rdan: NO WAY

@AmadMackem: The football we played under Mowbray was the best since Reid. At times better (albeit not in the PL). He’s Boro though-and-through, but should forever be welcome at Sunderland.

@BenCra1g: Can’t help but feel this is extremely reactionary. Tony has been fantastic with the team and achieved above and beyond anyone’s expectations last season. He deserves huge amounts of credit for what he’s done with the squad. Cheers for everything Tony x

@AdamSAFC29: I wonder which little known manager from the corners of Europe Speakman has found

@RobTate87: What a top bloke all the best big Tone.

@PeterBeuster: Sorry to see you go Tony. I will remember your time in charge very positively, did a great job moving the club forward last season. Good luck to you.

@andyoots: Unbelievable! Fundamentalism v pragmatism. We are an exciting team, but he was completely within his rights to want a squad that has the depth & resilience to push on from last season. He has worked wonders with this squad & “the model” needed a change, not the coach.

@Kershaw444: Jesus what a terrible decision, only reason the club was anywhere near the play offs with that squad, Clarke will be on his bike in January

@gbowesbaz: Dreadful decision by the club! If they’d have invested in a proven goal scorer like I would imagine TM wanted it wouldn’t have needed to happen. Played some of the best football since the Reid era last season. Here’s hoping they have someone good lined up to take over!

@p0rksavage: Love this bloke , the perfect man to lead the club ! A true gentleman who made time for everyone and got us playing the best football I have seen at the club . Very concerned this will not go down well with the players and lead to actual problems .

@RokerEndDweller: Shabbily treated. Prolonged an unwarranted honeymoon period for KLD and his cronies. A good man who got it! Shameful

@DutchyJH: Some of the best football I’ve seen under Uncle Tony. Seems a mad decision. Time will tell. Must be someone lined up quick with 2 home games coming up.

@redandwhite234: So sad to see him go, love everything he’s done with the club and the players. It’s a testament to him to see that the players seem to really like him and thrive off his freedom. Wtf, this was a shock tonight

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