3 managers Sunderland must consider after Tony Mowbray’s surprise exit

We look at prospective options for Tony Mowbray’s replacement after his dismissal.

Sunderland sack Tony Mowbray

The 60-year-old took over as head coach of the Black Cats in August of last year, inheriting a team that had gained promotion from League One under Alex Neil.

Mowbray changed Sunderland during his stint at the Stadium of Light, developing a sleek, aggressive team that finished in the top six.

While the previous season ended in disappointment with a two-leg defeat to Luton Town, the progress gained under Mowbray was significant.

As a result, there were great expectations heading into this season, and Sunderland currently sit ninth as we approach the busy winter period, three points out of the play-offs.

That evidently wasn’t good enough for the administration, who made the decision to fire Mowbray on Monday night.

All eyes are now on his replacement, and we take a look at THREE candidates that Sunderland should consider…

Michael Beale

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Beale may not be the most popular appointment after suffering at Rangers, but there are reasons why he may work for Sunderland.

For starters, he has experience coaching youth football and is highly regarded as a quality coach. That could improve the current Black Cats group, which is mostly made up of young players.
Furthermore, he has Championship experience with QPR, where he did brilliantly before heading to Ibrox, and you only have to look at their troubles after his departure to see how well he did.
Beale’s problems in Glasgow appeared to arise from signings that were simply not up to par, and it was widely assumed that he played a role in recruitment.

However, in Sunderland, it wouldn’t be as much of a factor, so if he was left to teach the players and get the most out of this strong, emerging side, it may work well.

Ruud van Nistelrooy

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Sunderland are a big club with a lot of potential, and managers will see a chance to get to the Premier League with the Wearside team.

So they should definitely talk to van Nistelrooy, who has been unemployed since leaving PSV last season.

Before his decision to leave, the former Manchester United striker was gaining a reputation as a good coach, with the Dutch team playing an expansive style of play and winning the cup under his direction.

He would also bring a strong reputation from his playing days, which should mean he commands the respect of the team instantly, which is critical for a mid-season appointment.

Lee Carsley

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Finally, the ex-Birmingham player is well-regarded as a coach as a result of his work with the England U21 team, which included a Euro Championship victory with them this summer.

Anyone who witnessed the youthful Three Lions play would understand why Carsley is regarded as a coach, as he was tactically astute while also playing exciting football.

He will also fulfill the remit of being able to improve players, which is critical for whoever succeeds Mowbray to guarantee that they continue Mowbray’s outstanding job.

Carlsey has been connected with several roles in recent months, but the Sunderland project could be just what he needs to relaunch his club football career.


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