Sunderland are yet to identify a replacement for Paul Reid, who left his role as Academy Manager earlier this week.
Reid left the club with immediate effect on Tuesday after a difficult campaign for both the under-18 and under-23 sides, who were both unable to gain a victory in their respective 2019/20 campaigns.
The 38-year-old follows a whole host of young players to leave the Academy of Light over the last 12 months. Young talent Bali Mumba is expected to be another one of those set for a summer exit amid interest shown in him by Premier League side Norwich City.
Reid held the post for two years after previously working for Eastleigh under current Sunderland owner Stewart Donald. Touching on the 38-year-old’s exit from the club, Sunderland Echo have opened up on whether or not any replacements have been identified by the Wearsiders.
“While a number of names have been touted by supporters on social media – most notably Kevin Ball – it remains unclear whether Sunderland have a successor for Reid lined-up,” reported Mark Donnelly in the Sunderland Echo, before going on to say that the Wearside club intend to find a replacement.
“The Echo understands that Sunderland do intend to replace Reid – given that the academy manager role is vital to the operation of the academy.
“While recent events have left fans to fear for the future of the academy, the Black Cats maintain that they remain committed to running the category at its current category one status.”
Just as Sunderland’s first team has fallen on hard times in recent years, the underage teams also seem to be badly struggling given their fortunes in 2019/20.
With Reid gone and the club seemingly no closer to finding a successor, the Wearsiders must focus not only on the first team in the coming months but also ensure that, from top to bottom, everything is moving in the same direction at the Stadium of Light.
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