THE MANAGERS: John Cochrane

John Cochrane: 5 May 1928 - 3 March 1939

Only three Sunderland managers have ever topped 10 years in charge, starting with Johnny Cochrane.

The Scottish manager took over in 1928 after a successful spell at St Mirren, which saw him win the Scottish Cup against Celtic in the 1925-26 season.

Cochrane took over from Bob Kyle and went on to manage Sunderland for exactly 500 games.

The Paisley-born manager completely overhauled the Black Cats before going on to be arguably one of Sunderland’s most successful managers of the 20th century.

Trophies will remain with the club forever but so will the legends who have donned the red and white jersey.

And in 1931, Cochrane signed a star.

Raich Carter, aged just 17, joined a team that included players such as Alex Hastings, Patsy Gallacher, Bob Gurney and Jimmy Connor, and he flourished going on to become one of the greatest players in the Black Cats' history.

Charlie Buchan once said: “His wonderful positional sense and beautifully timed passes made him the best forward of his generation."

Carter was made captain of Sunderland aged just 23 and in the 1935-36 season he went onto dazzle yet again, notching 24 goals in his first 22 matches.

This got Sunderland off to title-winning form and Cochrane made sure the Lads continued that as they went on to win the league title in 1936.

Carter and Gurney formed a formidable strike partnership which produced 62 goals that season – both found the net on 31 occasions.

The success kept on coming a year later as Cochrane became the first Sunderland manager to win the FA Cup in 1937, as the Black Cats defeated Preston North End 3-1 after goals from Gurney, Carter and Eddie Burbanks.

Two years after lifting the FA Cup Cochrane retired in March 1939.

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