Tony Mowbray is set to STAY as Sunderland manager despite failing in the Championship playoffs… with teenager Jobe Bellingham set to join his Black Cats side this summer
- Sunderland fell to a 3-2 aggregate loss to Luton in the playoff semi-finals
- Tony Mowbray questioned his position as manager after Tuesday’s loss
- Jobe, Jude Bellingham’s 17-year-old brother, is set to join Sunderland next season
Tony Mowbray is set to remain Sunderland boss amid speculation over his future – and Jobe Bellingham will join his squad this summer.
The Black Cats manager has cast doubt on his position following Tuesday’s Championship play-off defeat at Luton.
The club were reported to be fielding a replacement and the hierarchy did not feel moved to kill off the rumours, despite Mowbray doing a brilliant job leading a young side – and one exhausted by injury – into the top six.
The 59-year-old said: “Do I want to be here next season?” Yes yes. But let’s wait and see how it goes and what the summer brings. I don’t know what will happen next.
I will continue. I have a contract, so I will continue.
Tony Mowbray set to remain Sunderland head coach despite lack of promotion
Jobe Bellingham is set to become a key part of Mowbray’s plans for Sunderland’s next campaign
However, Mail Sport understands Mowbray should continue and have spent the past few days planning for next season.
Bellingham, 17, is expected to be part of those plans. We revealed last year that Sunderland were preparing a move for the Birmingham midfielder, younger brother of England star Jude.
Sporting director Kristjaan Speakman, the former Birmingham academy manager, has a close relationship with the Bellingham family and has invited them to games at the Stadium of Light.
The deal is expected to cost Sunderland around £3million.