The Echo understands new Sunderland manager David Moyes will not be making any radical changes to his backroom staff.
First-team coach Robbie Stockdale and assistant manager Paul Bracewell, both well respected by the players, helped Sam Allardyce keep the club up last season.
And Moyes is expected to keep faith with the backroom staff he inherited, with no immediate plans to bring in his own staff.
Further additions could be made in future though.
Moyes took Everton pair Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden with him to Manchester United when he took charge three years ago, along with former England international Phil Neville.
Phil’s brother, Gary, is also thought to be in contention after leaving the England set-up following the humiliating Euro 2016 exit, while Billy McKinlay has also been linked.