Alan Brown: 30 July 1957 - 31 July 1964 & 9 February 1968 - 1 November 1972

Alan Brown enjoyed two spells in charge of Sunderland which spanned a total of three decades.

Corbridge-born, Brown was first appointed before the start of the 1957-58 season but unfortunately couldn’t prevent the club from suffering its first ever relegation.

That allowed Brown to develop his own team and his ability to find talented youngsters gradually paid off.

Jimmy McNab, Len Ashurst, Cecil Irwin and Martin Harvey helped Brown gradually build a promotion-winning side and the Lads returned to the top-flight in the 1963-64 season.

However, following Brown’s fine achievement he resigned in July 1964 and took over as Sheffield Wednesday manager.

Four years later though, Brown returned to Sunderland for his second spell in charge of the Wearside club.

Brown’s impact was immediate and he was able to steady the ship and secure their league status with a 15th place finish in the 1967-68 campaign.

However, there was no improvement a year later and relegation hit the club. That meant the club were forced to let Colin Suggett and Colin Todd leave but Brown did recruit Dave Watson and Dick Malone.

Following a disappointing campaign in their first season back in Division Two, the pressure was on Brown and in the 1972-73 season he was sacked after just four wins in 19 games. 

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