Welcome: Anthony Hayes appointed as First-Team Coach

Sunderland AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Hayes as the Club’s new First-Team Coach.

Supporting Interim Head Coach Mike Dodds alongside Michael Proctor and Alessandro Barcherini, Hayes joins the First-Team’s coaching staff until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Hayes spent seven years at Charlton Athletic prior to his Wearside move, working in the Addicks’ academy from 2016 and progressing into the role of Under-21 Lead Coach by 2021.

He joined the South Londoners’ senior coaching staff one year later and led them for three games on a caretaker basis in late 2022 following the departure of Ben Garner.

Alongside leading SAFC’s Under-21s, Graeme Murty will also support the First-Team throughout their training schedule and match programme until the end of the campaign.

Following Hayes’ appointment, Interim Head Coach Mike Dodds said: “I’ve known Anthony for some time and we are delighted to welcome him to our coaching team. This is a position we wanted to add and following the changes made earlier this week, our requirements shifted a little as did the timeframe. Anthony immediately made himself available and like Graeme Murty, he will bring added value to our coaching and match preparations. He’s also been an Interim Head Coach before, which will not only support me but also our players as we adapt and move forward together in the coming weeks and months.”

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