Watson sees Stokoe

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SUNDERLAND manager Bob Stokoe refused to comment today on the possibility of £250,000-rated centre-half Dave Watson seeking a move to a First Division club.

Watson, man-of-the-match in Sunderland’s memorable FA Cup victory against Leeds at Wembley 11 day ago, was having talks today with Mr Stokoe who will report the outcome to the board of directors tonight.

Since reverting to the centre-half berth when former manager Alan Brown departed, Watson has turned in some brilliant displays and is being freely tipped to win an England cap. First Division managers will inevitably watch the situation closely, but Mr Stokoe is confident a solution to Watson’s difficulties, which are report to be domestic, can be overcome and he will be with the club next season for the promotion drive.

Mr Stokoe is to hold a press conference at Roker Park tomorrow when a statement will be issued and the future of several players who have had first-team experience will also be known when the retained list is announced.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 15, 1973.