Stewart Donald reunites with Eastleigh's Richard Hill at Sunderland

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Donald has confirmed Hill's arrival at Sunderland after leaving his role as Eastleigh's director of football.

Richard Hill, manager of Eastleigh looks on during the Vanarama Football Conference League match between Grimsby Town and Eastleigh FC at Blundell Park on May 3, 2015 in Grimsby, England.

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has confirmed on Twitter that Eastleigh's director of football will follow him to the Stadium of Light.

However, Hill - who also had a spell as manager of the National League side formerly owned by Donald - will have no involvement in first team affairs, despite the Sun's claims on the contrary.

It was claimed that the 54-year-old would replace Neale McDermott as Sunderland's chief scout, while also taking on a lot of Martin Bain's old duties.

Stewart Donald Tweet

However, the suggestion that Hill will be responsible for signings has been strongly denied by Donald, who insisted that will be down to new boss Jack Ross.

Speaking to Talksport on Wednesday, Donald initially dismissed talk of Hill following him to Sunderland, albeit when asked about the identity of the Mackems' new manager.

Portrait of Kevin Ball of Sunderland during a photo-call held at Roker Park in Sunderland, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

According to the Sun, Donald will also bring in former Sunderland midfielder Kevin Ball as academy boss, after parting company with David Moyes ally Jimmy Sinclair.

And the newspaper adds that Ross will reunite with two members of the backroom team he formed at St Mirren.

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