After four matches in charge, the Scottish coach has been handed permanent control over first-team affairs after four matches in charge at the Stadium. Ricky Sbragia has been officially signed 18-month contract.
Sbragia took temporary custody of the Mackems in the wake of Roy Keane’s abrupt departure, and led the side to a narrow one-goal defeat to Manchester United in his first game in charge.
Two consecutive four-goal performances, against West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, helped lift Sunderland from the relegation zone and into mid-table before yesterday’s stalemate with Blackburn.
Ricky took up the reins when we were at low ebb and has without doubt revitalized the club. He is the unanimous choice of the executive board and will receive every support in his new role. The ownership of the club have also fully endorsed the appointment.
He said: “My main priority is moving up the Premier League table and ensuring we have unity and stability at the club. I’ve been extremely pleased by the commitment shown by the players to date and the support we have all received from the fans. We travel to Merseyside this afternoon and I can hardly wait.”