Sunderland are reportedly looking to hire Leeds United’s head of emerging talent Craig Dean, according to the Chronicle.
Having missed out on promotion to the Championship for a second consecutive season, the club have also lost the likes of academy manager Paul Reid, Richard Hill and Head of Recruitment Tony Coton, who have all departed their roles at the club.
As the summer transfer window edges closer, two potential replacements for Coton have emerged with Leicester City’s academy loan manager Guy Branston being linked earlier this week.
The second potential candidate now being linked with the role is Leeds United’s head of emerging talent Dean.
He is highly regarded at Leeds, having been instrumental in signing Tyler Roberts from West Brom and playing a large part in the Yorkshire club’s successful promotion-winning season, seeing them return to the Premier League after a 16-year exile.
Leeds fan website MOT Leeds News discussed Sunderland’s interest, citing their hope that Dean will stay at Elland Road, writing: “Hopefully Sunderland end up getting Branston from Leicester because it will be tough to replace someone as good at his job as Dean is.”
It is highly unlikely that Dean would leave Leeds or that the newly-promoted Premier League club would readily allow him to move.
The task at Sunderland is a massive one – in fact, it is a mammoth one, especially with the growing uncertainty on whether or not a new owner will come in to replace Stewart Donald.
It therefore seems unlikely that they could entice Dean to vacate his role at Elland Road, but if they did, it would represent quite a coup.
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