Sunderland AFC news: Allardyce shakes-up backroom staff, Borini dreaming of Wear-Tyne success, England call-up Black Cats ace

Sunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring
Sunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring
Have your say

It has been another busy day at the Stadium of Light as Sam Allardyce confirmed his new-look backroom staff.

Sunderland have appointed Mark Taylor as the club’s new performance director – with responsibility for many of the club’s key football operations.

Meanwhile, Paul Bracewell steps up to become the new assistant manager, with Robbie Stockdale appointed as first-team coach, stepping up from his role with the Under-21s.

Read the full details of the new backroom team here:

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini - no stranger to Wear-Tyne derby matches - is dreaming of more success against Newcastle United.

The derby kicks off at noon on Sunday and the Italian front man is dreaming of being a hero once again.

He has also lifted the lid on what it is like to work under Big Sam.

Read what Borini has to say here:

And finally, Sunderland AFC Ladies star Emma Kelly has been called up for England Women’s U19 squad ahead of their international match against Italy next month.

The 19-year old has enjoyed an excellent debut season in Women’s Super League 1 where Carlton Fairweather’s side finished in fourth position behind Arsenal, Manchester City and this year’s champions, Chelsea.

Kelly will join the U19 squad on Monday 2 November and will take on Italy on Wednesday 4 November at the Stadio Comunale ‘Bruno Brunelli’ in Montepulciano.

Congratulations Emma!