According to The Mail’s Craig Hope, the new owners at Newcastle United have made their first ‘major move’ since buying the club, with Sunderland coach Elliot Dickman set to be named our new U23 manager.
The role has been vacant since Chris Hogg left to become the assistant manager at MK Dons in August, with Steve Harper said to have led interviews that featured former Toon striker Shefki Kuqi.
However, it’s Dickman who looks set to land the job – which has come as a shock to those at Sunderland given his 26-year connection on Wearside.
The 46-year-old not only played for our North-East rivals as a youth player, but soon became a coach in their Academy before being named Sunderland’s U23 boss in 2017.
Given the new owners on Tyneside have placed real importance on youth development, Dickman looks set to have a key role at the club as he oversees the pool of young players and local talents pushing for a first-team call up over the coming years.
Craig Hope’s piece also writes that our search for a new manager looks set to go into a third week, stating that Lucien Favre, Unai Emery and Roberto Martinez were all discussed over the weekend following talks with Paulo Fonseca.