Sbragia leaves Sunderland post

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FORMER Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has left the club after almost two years in the role of chief scout.

Talks are understood to be underway over reaching a settlement for the remainder of Sbragia’s contract with the 54-year-old reportedly keen to return to coaching.

But contrary to reports over the weekend, Sbragia is not thought to have been sacked from his position.

Sbragia was appointed as the head of Sunderland’s scouting network in July 2009 after a nine-month spell in charge of the first team following the departure of manager Roy Keane.

But he resigned following the final game of the season and was promised a “job for life” under chairman Niall Quinn.

Following the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager, Sbragia was handed the role of chief scout and has scoured the globe looking at potential signings for the Black Cats.

But he was in the frame for the managerial vacancy at Motherwell before Christmas and has also been linked with a coaching role at Birmingham.