Five-year contract for Bob Stokoe

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MANAGER Bob Stokoe (right), today revealed that at last night’s board-meeting he was offered a five-year contract as manager of Sunderland.

“I’m truly delighted that the board should show this kind of confidence in me and I only hope that I can justify it,” he said.

“It is a great gesture and it makes me feel very happy indeed.”

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on March 9 1973.