Academy: Elliott Dickman leaves SAFC

Sunderland AFC can confirm that Under-23 Lead Coach Elliott Dickman has left the club.

Dickman, who departs to become Newcastle United’s Under-23 Lead Development Coach, spent over 25 years at the Academy of Light, featuring as a player for three years before moving into a coaching capacity in 1998.

The 43-year-old has held numerous posts within the club’s youth system over the past two decades, including Assistant Academy Manager and most-recently Under-23 Lead Coach.

During his four-year tenure leading SAFC’s professional development side, Dickman guided the Under-23s to the 2017 Premier League International Cup final and the 2021 Premier League 2 Division 2 Play-Off final.

He played an integral role in ensuring the club’s continued EPPP status throughout his time on Wearside, and in the development of numerous players that have not only represented SAFC at senior level but excelled on some of biggest stages in world football.

Following his departure, Dickman said: “I would like to thank Sunderland AFC for some fantastic memories and experiences during my time with the club. I have worked with some excellent staff – both past and present – and I am incredibly proud of the achievements we have collectively made in helping and supporting many players fulfil their dreams. I would also like to thank the players I have coached over the last 26 years - it was a pleasure working with you and I wish you all continued success in your careers.”

Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “On behalf of all at Sunderland AFC, we thank Elliott for his contribution over the past two decades. His length of service is a rarity in the modern era and throughout his time at the Academy of Light, he has served the club with a passion and professionalism that has helped nurture and develop many talented players. Elliott’s desire to experience a new environment and pursue this opportunity is one that we respect, and we all wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

All at SAFC would like to thank Elliott for his immense contribution over the past 26 years and wish him well in his new role on Tyneside.

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