Mick Docherty: 13 April 1981 - 12 June1981
One-time Sunderland player Mick Docherty took temporary control of the Black Cats following Ken Knighton’s dismissal.
Docherty joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 1976 where he linked up with Jimmy Adamson, who was manager at the time.
The defender was then appointed as club captain in 1978 before he moved into midfield where he scored some crucial goals, including the first of his career.
Unfortunately, his career ended abruptly as a chronic knee injury forced him to retire in September 1979. To thank the club for his services Sunderland staged a Testimonial Match for him against his father’s side QPR.
With his playing days at an end, Docherty joined the coaching staff and when Ken Knighton was sacked he was appointed to oversee the remaining four fixtures of the season.
Docherty impressed in his short spell and ensured the Lads survived relegation as they clinched victory at Liverpool on the final day of the season.