‘ I could give Cats the uplift that they need’
EX-SUNDERLAND PLAYER DWIGHT YORKE KEEN TO TAKE MANAGER’S JOB
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.