Sunderland moved swiftly to find a new head coach following the departure of Alex Neil.

The Black Cats’ appointed former Middlesbrough player and manager, Tony Mowbray late on Tuesday night.

Mowbray played over 400 games for the Boro and managed them for over 3 years.

He is regarded as legend for Middlesbrough, but their fans will no doubt be upset with this appointment.

Mowbray took training on Tuesday and he will have his first game in charge against Rotherham at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.

The former Boro man left Blackburn in June following the end of his contract.

After he took over Blackburn, he was unable to keep them in the championship, but he did manage to get them staright back up the next season.

He then stabilised them in the championship and stayed there for 5 years.

Mowbray achieved his highest finish as head coach of Blackburn last season, finishing 8th in the championship, just 5 points off the play-offs.

Alex Neil left Sunderland last Friday to travel down to Stoke for talks over becoming their new head coach after Michael O’Neill was sacked following a poor start to the season.

Sunderland only played The Potters’ last week and came on on top with a 0-1 victory thanks to a goal from talisman Ross Stewart.

1 week later, Alex Neil was appointed as the new head coach of Stoke City.

My Opinion

Although he wasn’t mine, or a lot of other fan’s first choice, I don’t think it’s a bad appointment.

He is an experienced manager and I believe that our main priority this season is staying in the league, anything else is a bonus.

I definitely think he is the man to stabilise as a championship club, just like he did for Blackburn.

Even though he has connections with Middlesbrough, I personally don’t think that it matters.

He’s a north east man and lives in the area, which can only work in our favour.

He knows the size of this club and the expectations that come with taking the job.

Let’s get behind him!

Tony Mowbray’s Red ‘N’ White Army!