Irishman in the spotlight.
Jason McAteer spent three years on Wearside between 2001 and 2004, making 61 appearances and scoring five goals.
The Birkenhead-born defender got his break with Bolton Wanderers after impressing for local side Marine.
He made 114 appearances for the Burnden Park club and helped them on their way to promotion to the top flight in 1995.
McAteer moved to Liverpool ahead of the 1995-96 season for a reported £4.5m and made 100 league appearances for the Reds in a four-year stay with his boyhood club.
The Republic of Ireland international signed for Blackburn Rovers at the end of 1998-99 season and spent two years at Ewood Park, helping the club return to the Premier League.
In his first season on Wearside, McAteer made 27 appearances and scored two goals, including a winner against Bolton and a strike against Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
McAteer made just ten appearances in the 2002-03 campaign after breaking his nose in a game against Manchester United; he did, however, score a winner in a 1-0 away victory at Leeds United.
The Irish defender played 20 more games on Wearside during his final campaign, scoring two goals before leaving the club after the play-off defeat to Crystal Palace in 2004.
He joined his local club Tranmere Rovers following his Sunderland departure and spent two years at Prenton Park before going into a coaching role with the club.