Tony Mowbray is confirmed as the new Sunderland boss following Alex Neil’s shock departure to Stoke City with the former Blackburn boss speaking fondly of his youthful days spent at Roker Park
- Ex-Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray replaces Alex Neil as manager of Sunderland
- Alex Neil got the club promoted last season but departs for league rivals Stoke
- Mowbray is viewed as a safe pair of hands that can further stabilise the club
Sunderland have named Tony Mowbray as the club’s new head coach following the shock departure of Alex Neil.
Mowbray has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light and returns to the Sky Bet Championship after a three-month hiatus following his departure from Blackburn when his contract expired.
Neil led the Black Cats back into the second tier through the League One play-offs, but quit to take over at Stoke at the weekend.
Tony Mowbray finished the player’s pre-Rotherham preparations ahead of their game on Wednesday at the Academy of Light
Mowbray oversaw Sunderland’s final preparations for the side’s game against Rotherham on Wednesday before finalising his move to Wearside.
The 58-year-old said: ‘I grew up in the north east and I always remember my experiences at Roker Park with great fondness – the emotion, passion and size of Sunderland AFC.
‘This is a huge opportunity to continue the good work that has taken place over the past two years and I hope the supporters can see that this football club is on its way back.
The former Blackburn boss spoke fondly of his days growing up in the north east and going to the club’s former Roker Park ground
Alex Neil watched on at Ewood Park as his new side ran out 1-0 winners against Blackburn
‘It is a journey – I’ve just come from Blackburn Rovers and like here, it was a rebuilding process – but we want to win and we will be aggressive.
‘The players must understand what they are fighting for because they are the standard-bearers for the city and, win, lose or draw, we must ensure those who come to watch us see a team that gives everything in every game.’