Sunderland have appointed Tony Mowbray as the club’s new head coach following the shock departure of Alex Neil.
Mowbray has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light and returns to the Sky Bet Championship after a three-month hiatus following his departure from Blackburn when his contract expired.
Neil took the Black Cats to second place in the League One play-offs but resigned to take over at Stoke at the weekend.
Mowbray oversaw Sunderland’s final preparations for the team’s game against Rotherham on Wednesday before finalizing his move to Wearside.
The 58-year-old said: “I grew up in the North East and always remember my experiences at Roker Park with great fondness – the emotion, the passion and the size of Sunderland AFC.
“It’s a huge opportunity to continue the good work that has taken place over the last two years and I hope the fans can see that this football club is on the way back.
“It’s a journey – I come from Blackburn Rovers and like here it was a rebuilding process – but we want to win and we will be aggressive.
“The players have to understand what they are fighting for because they are the flag bearers of the city and, win, lose or draw, we have to ensure that those who come to see us see a team that gives everything in every game. .”