Kristjaan Speakman and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus now react to Tony Mowbray sacking and outline next steps

Sunderland has fired Mowbray, Tony Tony Mowbray has been fired by Sunderland.

Mike Dodds will ‘manage the first-team’s training and match preparations until the process to hire a new Head Coach is completed,’ according to the club.


“Sunderland AFC has parted ways with Head Coach Tony Mowbray this evening,” the club said in a statement. The Club would like to thank Tony for his good contributions over the last two seasons, as well as his assistant Mark Venus, who is also leaving.


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“Both will always be welcome back at the Stadium of Light and we wish them well for the future.”

After a 1-1 draw with Millwall at The Den, the Black Cats will play West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

What has sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman said?

“All at SAFC have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tony and he is quite rightly held in high regard by our players and staff, and our supporters.”He helped led us to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs after joining at an uncertain time and played a vital part in building our team. This was a difficult decision to make, but we remained committed to our goals and strategy, and we felt that the time had come to take this step.

“We are now focused on identifying the right candidate and we will continue to support our coaching team and players throughout the interim period.”

What has Chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus said?

“I’d like to record my appreciation to Tony for his hard work and dedication to Sunderland, a place where he will always be welcome.”

“As stewards of our great club, we believe in our long-term strategy, which we hope will ensure SAFC’s sustainability and success.” A constant need for a high performance culture to be applied throughout the Club and the development of a strong playing identity that you, our devoted supporters, can all be proud of is central to that strategy.

“Your continued support will also be fundamental to that progress and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Stadium of Light throughout the festive period and as we enter 2024.”

What are the next steps?

A statement from the club said: “Supported by the club’s existing coaching team, Mike Dodds will lead the first-team’s training and match preparations until the process to appoint a new Head Coach has concluded.”

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