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Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 17:13 GMT
Ferguson in coaching shake-up
From left to right: Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson, coach Jim Ryan and Mike Phelan
Phelan (right) will be promoted by Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has persuaded Ricky Sbragia to leave Sunderland and join his backroom staff at Old Trafford.

Sbragia will take over the United reserve side from Mike Phelan, who will help Ferguson and his assistant, Carlos Quieroz, in first-team affairs.

Sbragia joined Sunderland from York City in 1994 and has led the Black Cats' reserves to three consecutive runner-up places in the league.


It has taken two tortuous days to come to this decision and only time will tell whether this has been the right one
Ricky Sbragia

He has nurtured youngsters such as George McCartney, Kevin Kyle, Thomas Butler, David Bellion and Michael Proctor, who are currently figuring in the Sunderland first team.

"I've had eight good years at Sunderland, the club has been tremendous to me and have worked hard to keep me, but this offer has been a dream come true," said Sbragia.

"It has taken two tortuous days to come to this decision and only time will tell whether this has been the right one.

"I'd like to thank Sunderland for the opportunity they have given me.

"I feel that the club are in a good position now and will do well under the new management team."

Sunderland boss Howard Wilkinson told the Sunderland website: "I'm very, very disappointed to lose Ricky.

"In the time that I've been here I have come to see him as an extremely valuable member of staff, this has been proven by my efforts to keep Ricky.

"But I understand his desire to pursue a dream.

"Obviously this leaves a hole in the staffing arrangements which I will need to address in the short term, but there is still too much going on to undertake a full appraisal of our long-term staffing requirements."

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