Tony Mowbray fighting to save Sunderland job after Championship play-off defeat to Luton
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Tony Mowbray fighting to save Sunderland job after Championship play-off defeat to Luton

Oct 23, 2023

Tony Mowbray is fighting to save his job as Sunderland manager after their Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Luton, talkSPORT understands.

Sunderland threw away a 2-1 aggregate lead at Kenilworth Road as Luton ended their Premier League promotion hopes on Tuesday night.

Mowbray's side lost the second leg 2-0

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Mowbray’s side lost the second leg 2-0Credit: Getty

Salzburg boss Matthias Jaissle is among the contenders if the Black Cats decide to replace Mowbray, along with Francesco Farioli and Gerhard Stuber.

Mowbray took charge in August 2022 after Sunderland‘s promotion from League One.

The former West Brom, Middlesbrough and Blackburn boss has a year left on his contract at the Stadium of Light.

Mowbray guided a youthful Black Cats squad to sixth in the Championship in their first season back in the second tier – and many would be surprised to see him sacked.

Speaking after the defeat at Luton, the 59-year-old Englishman said: “We’ll get stronger and we’ll be back next season. First and foremost, we have to talk about the team, and how proud I am of these young lads who week-in, week-out, have given everything they’ve got.

“We’ve got some pretty good footballers, and we’ve won plenty of games this year. I do think the league will be stronger next season.

Mowbray's men fell short in their bid for an unlikely promotion to the Premier League

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Mowbray’s men fell short in their bid for an unlikely promotion to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty

“Never mind the teams coming down from the Premier League, the teams coming up from League One are strong, with big crowds. We have to keep building and growing, and we have to get better and find a way to keep our players more available to play the football matches for us.

“I think we’ve been saying that we’re going in the right direction. We came out of League One, and maybe consolidation might have been what the club was thinking about.

“And yet the team has punched above their weight with that, with the backing of the people who come to the away games and come to the Stadium of Light and watch us every week.

“We’ve managed to punch above mediocrity. We’ve gone close, but unfortunately, we just fell short.”


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