Paul Bracewell: 10 facts about Sunderland AFC’s new number two

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After Paul Bracewell’s appointment as assistant manager at the Stadium of Light, here are 10 facts about Sam Allardyce’s new number two:

1) In a 20-­year playing career, Bracewell made 587 appearances for five clubs, scoring 22 goals from midfield.

2) He had three seperate spells at Sunderland during his playing career. His longest spell at the Stadium of Light came between 1989 and 1992 when he made 113 appearances for the Black Cats.

3) In total, Bracewell made 228 appearances for Sunderland, scoring six times.

4) He became the 992nd player to play for England, collecting three full International caps.

5) Bracewell made his international debut as a substitute in 1985 against West Germany in Mexico, and received his last cap later that year against Northern Ireland.

6) He retired from playing in 1999 to take up a managerial role at Fulham, where he worked under head coach Ray Wilkins and director of football Kevin Keegan.

7) A brief spell as full time manager at Fulham was followed by a brief spell as Halifax Town manager, where he managed just 11 wins in 41 games.

8) In 2007, Bracewell became Director of Football at Complete Football Academy in Gosforth. The academy, aimed at grassroots football, is used for players from the age of six all the way through to veterans playing football.

9) However in 2013, Lee Congerton brought Bracewell back to the Stadium of Light as Development coach for the club’s U21 and U18 side, and in June 2015, he was appointed as First Team Coach, working as part of Dick Advocaat’s backroom staff.

10) His role as assistant manager under Allardyce is the second time he has filled this role, having previously been number two to Peter Reid during his time as manager at the Stadium of Light.