The two men who have been put in place at Sunderland FC to turn the clubs fortunes around have a massive job on their hands. New manager Jack Ross and newly appointed head of recruitment Tony Coton will need to hit the ground running if they have any chance of making it back to the promised land. The Championship is the world most difficult league to get promoted and the only way to guarantee success is by getting the recruitment policy correct. It needs a certain type of player that is willing to give everything for the club every week, which has been lacking over the last few seasons. It is not the first time that Tony Coton has been put in the situation of turning a club around. He was the at Aston Villa who was in a similar position to Sunderland as the chief scout before been poached. Villa is in a much better position now thanks to the work of Coton and he will have to focus on bringing the same type of talent through if the club is going to survive and eventually flourish. UK betting offers have The Black Cats as one of the favorites to bounce back but it is going to be a mammoth task.
It is vital that the relationship between Jack Ross and Tony Coton works as if the manager does not get the players he wants, it can cause complete disarray. The early signs are that both are on the same page with Coton expressing his appreciation of Ross and his vision for the style play along with vision. The two of them will have to work in tandem if they are going to find along with attracting the types of players they need to improve the squad to Sunderland.
It is believed that the two want to bring in Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn this summer from Hibernian. Ross has also requested that Jason Naismith who plays for Ross County as a fullback is brought in. The manager knows the player well due to coaching him during their time together at St Mirren.
Sunderland would like to try and get their transfer dealing done early so that they can hit the ground running. That is going to be a difficult task due to the number of comings and goings that are going to take place. There have been a number of pre-season friendlies confirmed that will give the manager the last chance to see which players he needs to recruit. The first match will take place on the 11th of July away from home against Darlington. That will be followed up by matches against Hartlepool United on the 14th of July and Grimsby Town on the 17th of July.
With the likes of John O’Shea along with three other high earners expected to lets their contracts expire this summer, it is going to help reduce the wage bill. New young players with bags of potential will need to be found in the club is going to be able to start the rebuilding process. If any mistakes in recruitment are made this summer it could set the club back years, which is why the appointments of Ross and Coton need to work if the club are going to survive and flourish once again.