Michael Gray identifies Sunderland management dream team - report rules it out

The former Black Cat wants to see a Sunderland legend join the coaching staff.

Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray has identified the managerial ‘dream team’ he wants to see at the Stadium of Light.

Sam Allardyce has taken over from Dick Advocaat but he is yet to finalise his backroom staff and Gray wants to see a former Sunderland manager in the picture this season.

"I've been shouting from the rooftops for Sunderland to bring in Big Sam," said Gray, in an interview with the Daily Star. "It just seems an obvious fit.

"And I'd love to see him working with Peter Reid and so would supporters.

"That would be the dream team for me because the partnership would offer a bit of everything, experience, passion, inside knowledge, man-management and coaching pedigree.”

Despite Gray’s wishes, Reid is not in line for the vacant assistant manager’s position, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo today.

Allardyce is believed to want one addition to his backroom staff and hopes to have them in before Saturday’s game with West Brom, but Reid is seemingly out of the running.

Southend boss Phil Brown and Blackpool manager Neil MacDonald have also been linked, having both worked as assistants under Allardyce previously, but it remains to be seen whether they will be tempted to swap the hot seat at their respective clubs for an assistant role in the Premier League.

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