Sources: Sunderland set to name Tony Mowbray as new manager
Sunderland are preparing to name Tony Mowbray as their new manager within the next 24 hours, sources have told Football Insider.
The Black Cats are searching for a new manager following Alex Neil’s shock move to Championship rivals Stoke City over the weekend.
Mowbray has been out of work since the end of last season following his departure from Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland have identified him as the ideal man to replace Neil.
Neil only took over at the Stadium of Light in February but guided the club back to the Championship via the play-offs.
He signed a new improved contract rolling 12-month contract last month but has committed to a three-year deal at Stoke.
Mowbray, who is based in the north-east, worked with Sunderland’s head of recruitment Stuart Harvey while at Blackburn.
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The 58-year-old spent over five years at Ewood Park but left in the summer when his contract expired.
After winning promotion back to the Championship in the 2017-18 season, he re-established Blackburn as a solid second-tier club and guided them to an eighth-place finish last term.
He has a win rate of 31.2 per cent as a manager in the Championship across his time with Rovers, Middlesbrough and West Brom.
He now looks set to take charge of his first Sunderland game on Wednesday (31 August) when they host fellow promoted club Rotherham United.
The Black Cats are currently 12th in the Championship after winning two of their opening six games.