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SUNDERLAND MANAGER

Sunderland AFC has been in existence for 139 years and is one of the most recognizable English clubs. Throughout history, this club has seen more successes and failures. However in the last few seasons the team from the Premier League came down to the English 3 rank ligue- Ligue1.

After they struggled in the Premier League they were relegated to the Championship in the season 2016-2017, their fans expected the club in the next season to fight for promotion back to the Premier League. But in the season 2017/2018 the club had some major financial problems and finished on the 24th last place in the championship. There were several changes in the club since they came into League 1. One of them was the change in the managerial position. On May 25, 2018 the former Scottish football player and manager od St Mirren was appointed as new manager of Sunderland on a two year contract. He started his managerial carrer at Alloa football club in 2015. Although he was relegated from Scottish League One he was manager of Alloa and next season when he led the club to 10 straight wins in a row which is a club record. When he left the club was on the second position in Scottish League1. In Octomber 2016 he was appointed as manager of the St Mirren a club that was fighting for survival in Scottish Championship. He managed to keep the team in the championship and the next 2017-2018 season he managed to win the first place in this league and to promote the club to the Scottish Premier League. He won the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award for 2017–18 and of course many clubs wanted to sign him. Among them were and Ipswich Town and Sunderland. When he was offered Sunderland job he accepted it without hesitation. He also had been offered a new deal by the Saints, but he cannot turn down an offer from Sunderland.

He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take charge of an incredible football club. If you look at the history, the facilities and, most important of all, the fanbase, you can see what this club can be. To be part of the team to help realise that potential is something that fills me with excitement.”

The Sunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, said: “ He joins us following an excellent start to his managerial career, including a memorable 2017-18 campaign with St Mirren, and was deeply impressive throughout the recruitment process. We have acted swiftly and the hard work now continues in earnest as we look towards the ultimate goal of getting Sunderland AFC back to where it should be.”

After 9 rounds in the English League One, Sunderland is 3rd  with 18 points, 5 wins, 3 draws and only 1 defeat. They scored 19 and received 9 goals. Although the competition in the League One for the promotion is tough, Sunderland under new manager has shown discipline and passion to win the promotion and to start bringing back the team to the top of English football the Premier League.