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Sunderland: Key figure leaves Academy of Light

Sunderland: Key figure leaves Academy of Light - Sunderland News

Sunderland academy manager Paul Reid has left the club after spending two years in charge of the Academy of Light.

Reid leaves after a difficult campaign for both the under-18 and under-23 sides, who were both unable to win a single league game in their respective divisions.

The 38-year-old’s exit also follows a whole host of players who have left the academy setup in recent times.

Young talent Bali Mumba seems to be the latest young talent set to leave the club with Premier League side Norwich City growing increasingly interested in securing his services.

Reid, held the post for two years after previously working for Eastleigh Football Club under Black Cats owner Stewart Donald.

A statement from Sunderland said: “Sunderland AFC can today confirm that Paul Reid has left his position as academy manager with immediate effect.

“The club would like to place on record it’s thanks to Paul for his service throughout what has been a challenging two years for the club’s academy, including helping to ensure its category one status was retained.

“All at SAFC would like to wish Paul the very best for the future.”

What is going on at Sunderland? Not only have the first team failed to secure promotion this term, but they have also now seen a whole host of personnel leave the club, which includes a number of young talents.

Are they preparing for a long stint in England’s third tier or has Stewart Donald simply given up in trying to build something at the club?

The failure and appalling record of the under-18 and under-23 sides this season just highlights how low the club has dropped though and those results do make this departure somewhat unsurprising.

What do you make of Reid’s decision to leave the club? Let us know in the comments section below…

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