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Sunderland next manager after Alex Neil

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Alex Neil – Sunderland

On February 11th Sunderland Football Club has officially confirmed that Alex Neal, the former manager of Norwich and Preston, will be the new head of the professional staff at the Light Stadium. The 40-year-old has signed a 12-month contract, and he will work with Martin Kenning, who will be in the role of assistant. With the "Canaries", which Neil led in the period from 2015 to 2017, he managed to win a promotion to the PL. After leaving Carrow Road, he spent four years in Preston.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be the manager of Sunderland. What I saw this morning from the players gave me the necessary self-confidence and faith, now we just need to repeat it all in the game, when it really matters. Our task is to win as many matches as possible by the end of the season” - said Alex.

The "Black Cats" dropped out of the Premier League in the 2016/17 season, and the following year they also dropped out of the Championship as the last-placed team. The club from the north of England has been in the third rank since then and has not managed to secure a promotion. In the first season in League 1, they played in the playoff finals, but the Charlton team was better. A year after that, they were eighth and did not even find themselves in the playoffs. Last season, they were beaten by Lincoln in a duel and did not even reach Wembley, while this year they were better than Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe and the time has finally come to return to a higher rank after four seasons in League 1.

The turning point of the season will turn out to be a 6-0 defeat against Bolton. After that, Lee Johnson was fired and Sunderland was on the sixth position at that time. A much more experienced Alex Neal came to the position of manager, who has “awake” the team. Many will say that the progress for the sixth to the fifth place is not something special, but when we take into account how the team played under Johnson's leadership and that other competitors recorded victories as if on a ribbon, it is clear that Neil did a good job. It is clear to everyone that this club does not belong to the third rank. In the semi-final match against Wednesday, there were 44,000 fans at the Stadium of Light, while in the season they recorded a higher average attendance compared to all teams from the Championship and as many as six teams from the Premier League, while in the final there were around 50,000 Sunderland’s fans at Wembley.

Neil has started his managerial career in Hamilton Academical in Scotland. In 2015 he joined Norwich City and with this team he reached Premier league in 2015/16 season. In 2017 he was appointed as manager of Championship team Preston North End and until 2021 he didn’t manage to reach promotion spot or even playoffs.

Now he is back in the league where he spent most of his time as manager and it seems that Sunderland are in good hands since Neil knows this league so well.

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