THE MANAGERS: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell: 17 August 1896 - 1 May 1899

Robert Campbell was announced as Sunderland’s new manager in December 1889.

Following Campbell’s subsequent takeover from Tom Watson, he went on to pilot the team through a series of Test matches to preserve their First Division status after they had finished second bottom.

The famous ‘Team of All the Talents' side was in decline and only Ned Doig and Hugh Wilson were retained before they were later joined by new players such as Sandy McAllister, Phil Bach and Colin McLatchie.

In time, Campbell moulded a well-disciplined team who finished runners-up in the 1897-98 season and conceded the fewest goals, despite lacking the brilliance of the ‘Talents’.

Campbell’s time at Sunderland was short-lived and following the club’s first season at Roker Park in 1989-99 he moved onto Bristol City.

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