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Charlie Methven has confirmed and explained Tony Davison's departure from Sunderland AFC. “We have all thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Tony throughout the last 18 months,” he said. “It’s been extremely hard graft on his part and the club’s success came at immense personal sacrifice, with long hours and long weeks spent away from his home and family. As such, we all felt that it was the right time to part ways. We look forward to welcoming Tony back to the Stadium of Light as a guest on many future occasions, and he remains a close friend.”

The club statement added: “SAFC would like to thank Tony for his contribution following a successful 18-month period, during which he played a pivotal role in helping to turn around the club’s commercial operation."

Meanwhile, Jon McLaughlin is looking forward to working with Phil Parkinson again after his time with him at Bradford City. “It’s important that the gaffer has experience of getting club’s out of this league,” he said. “For people on the outside it provides confidence because he doesn’t need to prove he has what it takes They are facts and you can’t deny them. The system and philosophy they use has been proven. It’s been a winning formula before, and they have worked in large clubs with big expectations. I am sure they can do the same as they have done previously and be successful. They like to have their teams very organised and make demands of having a certain work rate. They want to make sure that all of the basics are boxed off first and foremost and then that provides a platform to play from. This is nothing new to players because it’s about doing all of the basics correctly every single time. If you can do that over 90 minutes, then it will give you a solid platform to go and dominate games."