Sbragia appointed Sunderland chief scout
However, he has now opted to accept the scouting role at Sunderland. with manager Steve Bruce revealing his delight at Sbragia's decision to remain at the Stadium of Light.
"Ricky has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I'm delighted that he will be heading up our scouting operation," he told the club's official website.
"He has a vast network of contacts and he knows just what it takes to be a successful footballer at this club, so I'm sure he will be a fantastic asset to our backroom team."