Sbragia appointed Sunderland chief scout

Former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has been appointed chief scout at the Stadium of Light. Sbragia resigned as the Black Cats’ boss at the end of last season having saved the North-East side from relegation, revealing that he had not enjoyed the various pressures involved with being in charge. Blackburn Rovers were reportedly eyeing up a move to take Sbragia to Ewood Park in a coaching capacity under Sam Allardyce - who we worked with at Bolton Wanderers.

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."

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