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Roker Roundup: Harrogate Town want Jack Diamond back, but don’t think Sunderland will let him go

Harrogate Town’s manager has had Jack Diamond watched, and wants him back on loan, but doesn’t think his team stand a chance as the winger looks to force his way into Lee Johnson’s plans at Sunderland.

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Harrogate return unlikely for Diamond

Sunderland winger Jack Diamond had a highly successful loan spell at Harrogate Town last year as he played a key role in the team’s promotion to League Two.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver had been hoping to take Diamond back on loan this season, particularly if the youngster was not featuring for Sunderland, however Weaver doubts that such a move will be possible.

Weaver had Diamond watched in the Papa John’s Trophy win over Oldham Athletic but admitted to the Harrogate Advertiser that the 20-year-old’s display, which drew praise from new Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson, is likely to see him remain on Wearside:

I very much doubt we’ll be able to get Jack Diamond back here.

Sunderland’s new manager saw fit to start him on Tuesday night and they’ve gone on and won that game. We had it watched and Jack played very well. He got a lot of praise from his manager, so I can’t see it.

As I’ve said before, we cannot pin our hopes on him coming back here.

Our season can’t be defined by whether Jack Diamond comes back or not. We’ve told the players who are in contention for the position on the left that Jack played in last season to step up and grab the opportunity, just like he did.

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Analyst reunites with Ross

Hibernian manager Jack Ross has appointed Euan Fotheringham to his backroom staff as the First Team Performance Analyst, according to Edinburgh Live.

Fotheringham had been a video analyst at St Mirren but followed Ross to Sunderland and remained at the club following Ross’ departure and his subsequent hiring by the Scottish Premiership side.

He departed his role as performance analyst at Sunderland back in August to take up a similar role at Kilmarnock but has now linked up with Ross once again, where he will also be reunited with John Potter and Craig Samson.

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Makin hoping to enter League of Ireland

Former Sunderland defender Chris Makin is part-owner of a club hoping to join the League of Ireland.

Irish Sea FC have been invited to apply for a League of Ireland license, which, if successful, would see Dublin County FC join the LoI First Division for the 2021 season.

The club claim they also intend to join the Women’s National League of Ireland, as well as starting teams at youth level for both boys and girls.

Makin is a director/part-owner alongside numerous other people, including ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Jamie Fullarton.

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