Sunderland AFC news: Cats hunt new chief executive, why £2m signing proved a flop, Toon close in on Benitez

Sunderland owner Ellis Short

Sunderland owner Ellis Short

Sunderland are in no rush to unveil a new chief executive - as revealed in today's Sunderland Echo.

Margaret Byrne’s five year spell in charge of the day-to-day running of Sunderland came to an end on Tuesday after she resigned with immediate effect under growing scrutiny into her decision-making during the prosecution of Adam Johnson.

Chairman Ellis Short is understood to be seeking opinions from both inside and outside the club about Byrne’s successor, and the candidates that could be available.

But it is expected to be several weeks before a new chief executive is appointed, with Sunderland under no pressure to make an imminent decision.

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Meanwhile, Chris Young has been looking at the reasons why Adam Matthews proved a flop at Sunderland.

The right-back, signed from Celtic for £2million in the summer, has joined Bristol City on loan from the Black Cats.

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Meanwhile, relegation rivals Newcastle United are closing in on a new manager with Rafa Benitez set to take charge at St James's Park.

Head coach Steve McClaren remains in charge and has taken training this morning.

But he is set to be sacked ahead of Monday night's match against title-favourites Leicester City.

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And finally, Sunderland have announced limited places remain for the Tyne-Wear derby screening at the home of Sunderland AFC.

Black Cat fans unable to make the trip to St James’s Park can still enjoy the game with their fellow Sunderland supporters, with a range of informal hospitality packages on offer at the Stadium of Light.

On Sunday 20 March, the Black Cats will take on the Magpies at Newcastle’s St James’ Park and those who choose to stay south of the River Tyne can enjoy all the build up to the big game, with a range of hospitality packages available from 9am.

For more information head to the club's website.