Sunderland AFC news: Italian Mazzarri linked Watmore scores again, derby tickets latest

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Having seen Patrick Vieira linked with the head coach job at Sunderland, a new manager was today reported to be on Sunderland’s radar.

Italian coach Walter Mazzarri, most recently in charge of Internazionale, has been mentioned as a possible long-term replacement for Dick Advocaat.

Reports in Italy suggest the 53-year-old Italian, who has also managed Napoli, Sampdoria, Livorno and Reggina, is in line for a move to the Premier League.

There has been no suggestion from the Sunderland camp that Advocaat’s job is under threat, however. Ellis Short and Lee Congerton were delighted to persuade the Dutchman to return to Wearside after his rescue act last season, and Advocaat has said he is still committed to the job despite Sunderland being bottom of the Premier League.

Indeed, Yann M’Vila today backed Advocaat, telling the Echo it was the players who were to blame for their current plight, not the head coach.

Meanwhile, Duncan Watmore continued his fine form for Sunderland’s second string last night when he netted in a 2-0 win over Southampton.

Watmore, still on the fringes of Sunderland’s first team despite his performances for the Under-21s, was joined on the scoresheet by George Brady.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United have put tickets for the Wear-Tyne derby on sale to their fans today.