Sunderland have confirmed the departure of U-23 head coach Elliott Dickman, who has joined rival side Newcastle United.
In a statement released on the club’s official website, the Black Cats announced that the coach, who spent 26 years at the club mentoring in the academy, has left to join their Tyneside rivals.
Dickman headed up Sunderland’s development side whilst also played a key role over the years in aiding talents in the academy to reach their full potential.
The likes of Jordan Pickford, John Egan and Josh Maja all came through the Academy of Light during Dickman’s time at Sunderland, and the youth coach will hope for similar success at Newcastle.
With Newcastle now having the finances to attract the best in the business, it makes sense why the Magpies have poached Dickman from Sunderland given his success with the club at youth level.
The Balck Cats have a proud history of developing academy players. And Dickman could well be a success at Newcastle following 26 years at Sunderland.
Sunderland fans react to Dickman joining Newcastle
Indeed, such a long spell at the club was always going to garner an emotional reaction from Sunderland supporters, who have been sending their tanks to Dickman on social media.
Here’s what some Sunderland fans had to say on Twitter about Dickman officially joining Newcastle…
All that money and they want what we have. All the best though Elliott— 𝘚𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘮𝘢𝘯 (@JosephSpeckman) October 28, 2021
2% win rate with kids now winning matches in League One….— Jim Bell (@Nippynipp) October 28, 2021
Really not bothered, think we needed change ages ago.— newby18 🏴 (@newby08) October 28, 2021
bloke should have been turfed years ago… Get Bally back in— [email protected] F 🏴 (@davey_lad) October 28, 2021
abso gutted dickmans left, generational manager, massive massive loss pic.twitter.com/RVpmW4f9dr— niall (@niallsafc_) October 28, 2021