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
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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!