In addition to announcing that Gus Poyet is our new manager, the club also announced that Mauricio Taricco have joined his staff at the club.
Both were employed under the Uruguayan at Brighton & Hove Albion previously, where Taricco was his Assistant Manager and Oatway a First Team Coach.
It makes our whole staff relatively youthful, with Poyet aged 45, Taricco aged 40 and Oatway aged 39.
Taricco will be remembered by many Sunderland fans for playing notably for Ipswich Town and Tottenham Hotspur as a fullback, although he's recently come out of retirement twice at Brighton to fill in in emergencies -- once against Woking where he was sent off, and once against Birmingham City... where he was also sent off.
Despite our problems in the position, lets just hope things don't get too bad otherwise we may see him appear for a third time.
"Charlie" Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway, to give him his full name (named after the 1973 QPR team) was a bit of a club legend down at Brighton, and moved onto the coaching staff following the end of his career after spells at local colleges and Havant & Waterlooville.
Kevin Ball is expected to return to his position as the club's Development Squad manager.