Sunderland appoint Paul Bracewell as Sam Allardyce’s No 2

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Paul Bracewell has been named as Sam Allardyce’s new assistant manager at Sunderland.

The former midfielder, who had three spells as a player at Sunderland, has been confirmed as number two after Allardyce has spent 10 days considering his backroom team.

Allardyce had been looking to bring in one of his own men, with Neil McDonald and Phil Brown both linked with the position.

But he has opted to give the job to 53-year-old Bracewell, who had been assisting former Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat.

It is the second time that Bracewell has held the position at Sunderland after a previous spell there under Peter Reid.

Bracewell returned to Sunderland in 2013, working with the club’s Under-21s as a development coach before stepping up to assist Advocaat.

Completing the backroom line-up, Robbie Stockdale has been appointed as first-team coach, stepping up from his role with the Under-21s.

And Mark Taylor, who has worked with Allardyce at Bolton, Blackpool and Newcastle, has been appointed as Performance Director.

He will have responsibility for key areas of the club’s football operation, including sports science, strength and conditioning, medical, performance analysis and the first-team coaching staff.

With Stockdale moving up to the first-team, ex-Manchester City academy manager Andy Welsh will now take charge of the U21s.

Welsh has been assisting Stockdale since Bracewell began working with the first-team under Advocaat.