Mick Buxton: 26 November 1993 - 29 March 1995
Mick Buxton described his appointment as Sunderland manager as ‘the worst day of my life’ due to his sadness at the departure of Terry Butcher and assistant Ian Atkins, declaring that Sunderland were the only team for which he would have returned to management.
The former Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United boss was brought to Roker Park by Butcher just five months earlier as reserve team coach. He was given the top job temporarily at first and was put in charge solely until the end of the 1993-94 season.
Despite constant speculation linking Dave Bassett to the post, Buxton remained in charge in the 1993-94 season leading Sunderland to their longest unbeaten start to a campaign for 80 years.
He secured the signings of Darius Kubicki, Steve Agnew and Martin Scott, as well as £700,000 striker Brett Angel on deadline day.
However, just six days later Buxton was dismissed following defeat at Barnsley.