Robbie Stockdale

Stockdale joins backroom team

by Stuart Vose

Coach makes move to Academy of Light.

Sunderland AFC has today confirmed that Robbie Stockdale is to join the club in the new role of Professional Development Coach.

Robbie, who previously held the position of youth team manager at Grimsby Town, will work between the under-18 and under-21 squads alongside Craig Liddle and Kevin Ball.

A former Scotland international, Stockdale began his playing career at Middlesbrough, also enjoying stints at Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham, Rotherham, Hull, Darlington, Tranmere and Grimsby.

Academy manager Ged McNamee said: “Robbie impressed us with his enthusiasm and commitment to youth team football and I’m sure he will be a great addition to our coaching team."