Report: Former Carlisle defender Paul Reid set to be named head of Sunderland's academy

General view inside the stadium prior the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on March 5, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland have began to make a whole host of staff recruitments in a bid to begin life in League One with a clean slate.

Paul Reid of Eastleigh in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Eastleigh and Northampton Town at Silverlake Stadium  on August 1, 2014 in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Only recently after new Sunderland owner Stewart Donald arrived on Wearside did 57-year-old Tony Coton join up with the Black Cats as head of recruitment.

The change followed the appointment of former St Mirren boss Jack Ross as new Sunderland manager only a couple of weeks ago, with the Black Cats attempting to return to the Championship at the first time of asking after being relegated to League One last term.

As the Wearside club continue their rebuild, a report from the Chronicle states that former Carlisle United defender Paul Reid is set to join Sunderland as head of their academy, with the signing being influenced by Sunderland's head of football operations - Richard Hill.

A Sunderland fan reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester United at Stadium of Light on October 5, 2013 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland fans will welcome the news of a number of changes on Wearside, with Reid being another recent appointment in what looks like a whole new Sunderland.

Reid only spent a year at Carlisle United, making 19 appearances - but has certainly earned his stripes in football, playing for over nine different clubs at different levels.

The former Rangers defender spent most of his time at Barnsley from 2004 to 2008, making 114 appearances - and has played for a range of clubs at different levels, including Eastleigh and Scunthorpe United.

Gary Madine of Bolton Wanderers and Paul Reid of Eastleigh compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Bolton Wanderers and Eastleigh at Macron Stadium...

Reid's footballing experience doesn't stop on the pitch either. The former defender enjoyed a short stint at Whitehawk as a manager - a semi-professional football club based in East Sussex.

36-year-old Reid will be the successor of Jimmy Sinclair as head of Sunderland's academy. Sinclair left the role as a mutual agreement with the club after Donald's arrival late last month.

Reid will be hoping to emulate what Sunderland have done in the past, when their academy have produced two current England stars in Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson.

New manager Ross will likely have a close relationship with Reid, with the 42-year-old looking likely to give youth a chance in a new era on Wearside.


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