Sunderland chief finally breaks silence on Tony Mowbray exit rumours

The reason Sunderland didn’t openly support Tony Mowbray during the summer has been revealed by Kristjaan Speakman.

Speaking at the RAWA Q&A supporter session, the sports director for Sunderland addressed the latest speculation about Mowbray’s future.

After being named Sunderland’s manager in August 2022, the 59-year-old had a successful first season, leading the Black Cats to the Championship play-offs despite finishing in sixth position.


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However, it didn’t seem to be enough, as speculation began to circulate in the summer suggesting Sunderland was considering replacing Mowbray with Francesco Farioli, a 34-year-old.

Reports of Mowbray’s possible departure confused supporters, and there were rumors that the former Blackburn Rovers coach was angry at the club for what it was doing.

Nevertheless, Sunderland chose not to address earlier rumors and instead decided to extend Mowbray’s contract in September.

Regarding the club’s quiet during the summer, Kristjaan Speakman is currently being questioned.

Would Sunderland have made a mistake if they had replaced Tony Mowbray?

Even if Sunderland’s performance in the current campaign has been mixed, they made the right choice in extending Tony Mowbray’s contract.

It would have been quite risky to have relied on a new foreign manager when the head coach is obviously excellent with our young players and enjoys a terrific rapport with the supporters. It very well could have turned out like Birmingham City’s current predicament, where supporters are finding it difficult to come to terms with John Eustace’s departure.

Although it was an outright insult for us to think about Mowbray’s departure despite the prosperity he had brought to Wearside, I wouldn’t blame him if he had departed in the summer either.

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