Bob Stokoe appointed manager of Sunderland

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AFTER a two-hour meeting with Blackpool-chairman and vice-chairman, Messrs Frank Dickinson and Clifford Sagar, Sunderland today appointed the Blackpool manager, Mr Bob Stokoe as the successor to Mr Alan Brown, but he will not be taking up the appointment until after Blackpool have played their Football League Cup (Quarter Final) replay with Wolves at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night. The negotiations were conducted on Sunderland’s behalf by club chairman Mr Keith Collings and vice-chairman Mr Jack Ditchburn.

At the close of the meeting, Mr Dickinson said: We have had an amicable meeting with the chairman and vice-chairman of Sunderland and have agreed to release Mr Stokoe from his contract with Blackpool. He will be joining Sunderland as their manager after Blackpool’s replay with Wolves on Tuesday night.

“It was Bob’s idea to stay with the players to see them through the cup replay before joining Sunderland.”

Mr Collings said: “I haven’t much to say at this stage, except that it was an amicable meeting and we are quite happy about everything. I don’t want to go into too much detail, and I would rather leave any statement until after Mr Stokoe is actually with our club. We will be holding a Press conference when we get back to Sunderland.”

Mr Stokoe was at the Bloomfioeld ground before the meeting started, but he did not join the negotiators until the later stages.

Commenting on the appointment, he said: “All I can say is that obviously I wanted to leave the club at Blackpool in the right way and this has been done. The decision has been reached between the two chairmen and I am quite happy with it.

“I will continue to be manager of Blackpool until after Tuesday’s game and then I will adapt myself accordingly to the new job.”

Mr Stokoe, born in Mickley, Northumberland, was signed from Spen Juniors by Newcastle United and was with them for 18 years before going to Bury. He later became manager of the Gigg Lane club and had further managerial experience with Charlton Athletic, Rochdale, and Carlisle United before joining Blackpool

Norman Hobson, a former Shrewsbury player, was appointed as the club’s new trainer coach today.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 23 1972.