After firing Phil Parkinson, there are now four league games without a win. As a result, the Black Cats are six points off the pace in the premier league.
Owner Stewart Donald has made great strides in the last few weeks to finally sell his majority stake in the club.
Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus are believed to be on pole to acquire the club, but Donald has some work to do before they arrive.
That’s because they’re looking for Parkinson’s successor and a new technical director to oversee their recruitment.
Former Sunderland man Stefan Schwarz has been linked, but Football Insider says another man is slated to take the newly opened role at the Stadium of Light.
The 41-year-old has been with the Blues for 14 years and it is believed he is currently in advanced talks to join Sunderland as sporting director. He had been hired for a similar role in the Midlands before a U-turn was made in Speakman’s future.
This would be an absolutely wonderful appointment for Donald, one that could mark a triumphant end to his reign as the owner of Sunderland.
Why? Well Speakman’s record at Birmingham is fabulous and his work with the youth academy should be welcomed by Sunderland supporters who have seen their best young players come and go.
Whether Jordan Pickford, Sam Greenwood, Joel Asoro or Josh Maja – there have been a multitude of excellent academy products in recent years.
With the help of Speakman, the Black Cats could put an end to this unwanted hoodoo. The young coach achieved great things during his time at Birmingham.
Under his watch, people like Demarai Gray, Nathan Redmond, Jack Butland and Jude Bellingham broke through. The last three have all played for England by now. Of course, they eventually left, but it’s testament to the hard work Speakman has done in creating so many eye-catching players in such a short amount of time.
Of the 41-year-old, Birmingham reporter Brian Dick said, “I think if Sunderland is aiming for a youth path this could be a good move for them. Speakman was also interested in bringing the blues academy to academy status. ”
Jack Kennedy, Birmingham Academy coach, added: « I think he will improve the academy immensely (in Sunderland). . His track record of getting players through at BCFC has been very impressive and he would always try to have the right programs for each individual to make them successful. ”
This is tremendous news for a club whose academy has become a second priority in recent years. The players went in search of greener pastures and last season their U23s couldn’t win, drew once and lost 17 games.
Kennedy also shared a little bit about Speakman with Roker Report: “He is highly regarded nationwide and has had many conversations about the Player Development Project – the leading coaching company that has coaches around the world and developed about his values and how he speaks the culture in the club. ”
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