Sunderland AFC have confirmed the appointment of Jamie McAllister as Assistant Head Coach. Lee Johnson and McAllister worked together at Bristol City. McAllister said: “I have worked with the gaffer for the past four or five years, so I know how he works, and I understand his philosophies and style. The potential here is fantastic and everybody has a part to play – our role is to create a culture and identity that provides the spark to take this club back where it belongs. We have great fans behind us and we want to reward that support, not only with winning football, but enjoyable football."

Head Coach Lee Johnson added: “Having worked with Jamie previously during our time at Bristol City, I have a full and thorough understanding of his qualities on and off the pitch. He will be a huge asset for Sunderland AFC.”

Kristjaan Speakman added: “Following Lee’s arrival, it was imperative that we appointed the right Assistant Head Coach to fit the profile we had established. Having spoken extensively to Jamie, we felt he fit the criteria – on and off the pitch – and I look forward to working closely with him as part of the team we’re putting in place.”