BILLY ELLIOTT, who has had three spells of service under Mr Alan Brown as player, talent scout and trainer-coach, was last night appointed by the Sunderland board to take charge of team affairs for the time being, following Mr Brown’s departure from the Roker scene.
This choice of the right man for the job, however temporary, will please everyone, for he is ideally equipped to provide continuity in preparation and planning.
He will be in charge of team selection, too, and today he named the Sunderland side to take on Aston Villa at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon in the most attractive home game of the season.
The line-up will show three changes in personnel from that which dropped a home point against Fulham last weekend it bring a slight shift in emphasis towards attacking skill, with Billy Hughes brought in to share the striking role with Dave Watson and Brian Chambers taking over from John Lathan at No. 10.
Hughes comes in at No. 8 with Bobby Kerr filling the No. 7 spot in which Mick McGiven operated last week. McGiven, completely fit again, though under the weather with a virus infection earlier in the week, is named as substitute.
The other change is in defence, where Keith Coleman is given preference over Joe Bolton at left back.
The team will be: Montgomery, Malone and Coleman, Horswill, Pitt and Porterfield Kerr, Hughes, Watson, Chambers and Tueart. Substitute, McGiven.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 3 1972.