‘ I could give Cats the up­lift that they need’


The Chronicle - - Safc - By STU­ART RAYNER Sports writer stu­art.rayner@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @StuRayner

DWIGHT Yorke says Sun­der­land need an up­lift and he can pro­vide it – if only they would an­swer his calls.

Yorke is des­per­ate to get into man­age­ment but is cur­rently strug­gling to do so. He told Talk­sport he has tried to speak to chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Bain about the va­cancy at the Sta­dium of Light, but has not heard back.

The Black Cats have be­gun in­ter­view­ing can­di­dates to re­place Si­mon Grayson, who two weeks ago was sacked along with coaches Glynn Sn­odin and Ian Miller.

Yorke has worked as as­sis­tant man­ager of Trinidad and Tobago, but is yet to get his chance as a No.1. He has ap­plied three times to man­age As­ton Villa and re­vealed in the sum­mer he had a con­ver­sa­tion, rather than an in­ter­view, about suc­ceed­ing David Moyes as Sun­der­land man­ager. This time he has not man­aged that – at least yet.

“I’ve tried to get hold of Martin Bain and I’ve left a mes­sage or two to see if there’s any come­back,” Yorke told Talk­sport.

“I think at this time that place needs a bit of up­lift – some­thing new, some­thing ex­cit­ing. I know they’ve gone for ex­pe­ri­ence in the past, they’ve tried all that, that hasn’t quite worked out. Why not give some­body new, who’s re­ally ea­ger to prove to everybody that he can do a good job there?

“That’s all it is. An in­ter­view would be nice – I’m not even get­ting that – but I’ll still con­tinue to work on it and see where we get.”

The last time Sun­der­land were fac­ing rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship and in des­per­ate need of an up­lift, they handed Roy Keane his first man­age­rial job and the sea­son ended with the Black Cats win­ning the ti­tle. One of Keane’s first signings was his old Manch­ester United team-mate Yorke, who made 62 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions for the club. Ap­proach­ing his 35th birth­day when he joined, Yorke was some­thing of an un­of­fi­cial player-coach at the Sta­dium of Light. Last year Yorke put his strug­gles to break into man­age­ment down to a com­bi­na­tion of his skin colour and lack of ex­pe­ri­ence. “I think there’s a bit of both there,” he said. “I gen­uinely think there’s a bit of both. “It’s of­ten been dis­cussed, no-one has re­ally taken it up, but I do have a ten­dency when I speak to everybody, cer­tainly black play­ers who are try­ing to break into man­age­rial depart­ment are com­ing up against the same con­cept be­cause of your race.

“Okay, maybe you will never get a chance to be a man­ager but it would be nice to go in there, present your­self, get to know that per­son and (for them to) say, ‘Okay, Dwight, we like your con­cept, but you’re not ex­pe­ri­enced enough. Go away and do this or do that.’”

Sun­der­land are un­der­stood to pre­fer an ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager as Grayson’s re­place­ment, with the likes of Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom, Ai­tor Karanka and Ally McCoist thought to be ahead of Phil Neville, Kevin Phillips and John O’Shea in their think­ing.

Now 46, Yorke’s play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­ten­sive, hav­ing won the tre­ble with Manch­ester United, played in the Cham­pi­onship with Sun­der­land, the A-League with Syd­ney, and at the World Cup with his coun­try in a ca­reer which took in more than 600 ap­pear­ances as a winger, cen­tre-for­ward, then hold­ing mid­fielder.

Martin Bain

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