November 1, 2017 / 5:23 PM / 2 years ago

McKinlay and Stockdale take temporary charge of Sunderland

Soccer Football - Championship - Sunderland vs Bristol City - Stadium of Light, Sunderland, Britain - October 28, 2017 Sunderland manager Simon Grayson Action Images/Lee Smith

(Reuters) - Sunderland have named first-team coaches Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale as joint caretaker managers following Simon Grayson’s sacking, ahead of Sunday’s Tees-Wear derby with Middlesbrough.

Sunderland parted company with Grayson with the north-east club third-from-bottom of the English Championship (second tier) after a 3-3 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.

They have won just one of their 15 league games so far this season — a 3-1 success at Norwich City on Aug. 13 — and have 10 points after also having seven draws and seven defeats.

“A further announcement regarding the vacant manager’s position will be made in due course,” the club said in a statement on their website (

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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