Football scout Janne Wilkman has confirmed that he has left his post at Sunderland after just five months in the role.
Wilkman arrived in November 2019 as the club attempted to expand their network of scouts both in England and abroad, having lost a number of scouts when they suffered relegation to League One from the Championship.
Despite his fairly recent arrival, the former Aston Villa employee has now informed Transfermarkt that he is no longer working at the Academy of Light training ground.
Tasked with looking at potential Scandinavian players who could move to the Black Cats, Wilkman was trusted to help bring in players similar to the likes of Benji Kimpioka and Joel Asoro, who both did well at Sunderland.
The 40-year-old Finn is unlikely to be replaced at the present time with the future of the 2019/2020 League One season unconfirmed amid the recent pandemic.
Sunderland fans will no doubt feel this news is just another step in the wrong direction, with various claims over Stewart Donald’s running of the club in media outlets of late.
Wilkman’s departure also follows a number of highly regarded young players to have left the Academy of Light in recent times.
The future of Sunderland does seem to be up in the air at the present time and failure to gain a play-off place at least this season will undoubtedly be another kick in the teeth for those dedicated fans that became well known via Netflix series ‘Sunderland ’til I Die’.
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