SFA appoint former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia as new Under-17 coach


It was announced today that former Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has been announced as the new Scotland Under-17 coach, replacing the retiring Ross Mathie who left the post of Under-17 coach with immediate effect.

SFA Chief Executive Stewart Regan briefly commented on his Official Twitter page that Sbragia would start his new role today and in a full-time capacity.

The appointment is quite a coup for the SFA, following on from the appointment of Dutchman Mark Wotte as the new SFA Performance Director in June this year.

Sbragia began his coaching career with York City as Youth team coach, and led the team to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup for the first time ever in season 1992-93.

In 1994, Sbragia took over as Sunderland Youth team coach, promoted to reserve team coach soon after. In 2002 he linked up with Sir Alex Ferguson becoming Reserve Team coach at Manchester United, where he coached players like Scotland captain Darren Fletcher.

Three years later he made the move to Bolton Wanderers as first team coach, working under Sam Allardyce and then Sammy Lee.

In 2007 he rejoined Sunderland as a member of their coaching staff, and was then appointed caretaker manager a year later following the resignation of Roy Keane in December 2008. He was appointed on a permanent basis later that month on an 18 month deal. But despite guiding Sunderland to Premier League survival on the final day of the season, the Lennoxtown-born coach resigned as manager of the club being replaced by Steve Bruce, remaining at the Stadium of Light as Chief Scout until April 2011.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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