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Billy McKinlay set to be handed Sunderland caretaker manager role

Billy McKinlay, right.
Billy McKinlay, right.

Billy McKinlay looks set to be handed the task of leading Sunderland into Sunday's Tees-Wear derby against Middlesbrough.

The 48-year-old will be placed in caretaker charge of first-team affairs, probably assisted by the likes of Robbie Stockdale, after the sacking of Simon Grayson last night.

Chief executive Martin Bain is looking for a new manager after firing Grayson just 15 league games into his Sunderland rein, and will ask McKinlay to hold the reins on a temporary basis to give him time over the international fortnight to find a permanent successor.

McKinlay had been working in the scouting department before stepping up to a first team coaching role when Grayson's assistant Glynn Snodin fell ill.

Longer serving coaches Stockdale and Adrian Tucker will also be part of the set-up and it could yet be a joint venture.

McKinlay was brought to the club last year by David Moyes, with whom he worked as an assistant coach at Real Sociedad.