Sunderland AFC news: Three former Black Cats bosses linked with Portsmouth job, League One rivals suffer big blow, three trialists start in youth game

Sunderland are still basking in the glory of a Wembley win for the first time in 48 years.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:56 pm

But there is no rest for the wicked as Lee Johnson’s Sunderland travel to Accrington Stanley in League in just two days time.

And ahead of the game, there has been some interesting Black Cats and League One related news.

Here, we round-up everything you need to know today:

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Chris Coleman during his ill-fated stint as Sunderland manager.
Chris Coleman during his ill-fated stint as Sunderland manager.

Former Sunderland managers linked with Portsmouth job

Former Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is 12/1 on to take the vacant job at Portsmouth.

The Black Cats’ League One rivals sacked Kenny Jackett on Sunday following a poor run of results.

Coleman left Wearside after suffering relegation to League One with the North East club back in 2019 and has since worked in China.

Phil Parkinson, who was also sacked as manager of the Wearside club earlier this season, is priced at 25/1 to replace Jackett having been out of work since leaving Sunderland.

Another former Black Cats boss Roy Keane is priced at 33/1 to take over at Fratton Park but reports suggest the former Manchester United midfielder has his eye on the Celtic job following Neil Lennon’s departure.

Black Cats League One rivals suffer manager blow

Sunderland’s League One rivals Charlton Athletic have suffered a blow after Lee Bowyer’s resignation.

The former Newcastle United player has resigned as Charlton boss and has been linked with a return to Birmingham as Blues battle to preserve their Championship status.

Bowyer leaves the Addicks eighth in League One and eight points adrift of Sunderland in fourth.

Assistant manager Johnnie Jackson will take the team for Tuesday’s home game against Bristol Rovers.

Bowyer had been at Charlton since 2018 and masterminded his side’s League One play-off final victory over Sunderland at Wembley two seasons ago.

Lee Johnson’s Black Cats face the Addicks in the league next month on April 10.

Sunderland’s under-23s pick up a respectable draw

Sunderland’s youth team drew 0-0 with Wolves this afternoon.

The Black Cats team included Benji Kimpioka, who travelled with the senior squad for yesterday’s Papa John’s Trophy final victory against Tranmere Rovers at Wembley Stadium.

Interestingly, the Sunderland side that faced Wolves also featured three unnamed trialists.

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