By Wayne Veysey

5th Dec, 2020 | 7:30am

Exclusive: Huge overnight development in Sunderland manager search

Lee Johnson has agreed a deal to become the new manager of Sunderland.

The 39-year-old thrashed out the terms of an agreement last night after being offered the post by Black Cats chiefs.

A Sunderland source has told Football Insider that the deal is “99 per cent done” and Johnson is set to be appointed, possibly as early as today.

This site broke the news on Wednesday that Johnson, 39, had emerged as a leading contender for the vacant post, at a time when Danny Cowley was the firm bookmakers’ favourite.

It emerged on Friday that the former Bristol City manager was the first choice and Football Insider reported that talks with him were at an advanced stage.

Negotiations have progressed in the subsequent hours and Johnson is now set to be appointed as the successor to Phil Parkinson.

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The club, who are in the closing stages of a takeover, are completely overhauling their management structure.

Football Insider broke the news on Thursday that Kristjaan Speakman, 41, was to be appointed the become the League One club’s new technical director, and that was confirmed on Friday evening.

Speakman, who has been lured from Birmingham City after 14 years at the club, has been heavily involved in the search for a new manager even before his appointment was made official.

Johnson has been out of work since he was sacked by Bristol City at the end of beginning of July after four years in charge.

Prior to his dismissal he was the longest-serving manager in the Championship and and won 84 out of 217 games in charge of one of the division’s least-supported clubs.

The Englishman has also managed Barnsley and Oldham Athletic since his retirement from playing in 2013.

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