FORMER striker Bryan “Pop” Robson has finally been confirmed as Sunderland’s new chief scout, writes CHRIS YOUNG.
Robson has been lined up for the role since the departure of predecessor and ex-Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia three months ago.
The 65-year-old had been holding down the post of international scout at Chelsea, but Sunderland were keen to bring Robson back to Wearside.
Robson (pictured), who had three spells at Sunderland during his playing career, will now be in charge of an extensive scouting network, responsible for co-ordinating the discovery of fresh talent and reporting directly to Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
Robson said: “Sunderland is obviously a club very close to my heart. I had great times here both as a player and as a coach, so I’m thrilled to be back working with Steve Bruce and his excellent management team.”
Bruce added: “Pop is a hugely experienced scout and a true football man so we’re delighted to have him on board.
“The club’s scouting network is already bearing fruit with some fantastic players coming through and I’m sure that will continue going from strength to strength under Pop’s direction.”
Robson has enjoyed a fruitful coaching and scouting career since his playing days – which featured three stints at Roker Park in the 1970s and 80s – came to an end.
The ex-West Ham, Chelsea and Newcastle hitman was a reserve team coach and academy director under former Sunderland boss Peter Reid and also enjoyed coaching spells at Carlisle, Chelsea, Hartlepool United, Leeds United and prominently at Manchester United.
He spent four years at Old Trafford as reserve and youth team coach, working with the golden generation of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt. Robson has also enjoyed scouting spells at Birmingham and Blackburn.