Grimsby Town Youth boss Stockdale to join Sunderland
GRIMSBY Town Youth boss Robbie Stockdale is to leave the Mariners and join Premier League Sunderland.
Former Middlesbrough defender and Scotland international Stockdale is to take up a similar coaching role in the north east.
Sunderland are to visit Blundell Park with a first-team XI next summer for a pre-season friendly as part of the deal.
In a statement, the club said: "Sunderland had approached the club some time ago and asked if they could speak to the Town coach.
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"They have been totally professional throughout their negotiations with Grimsby Town Football Club and with Robbie Stockdale.
"We would like to thank Robbie and wish him all the best for the future.
"As the Mariners continue to strive to meet the rigours of the Premier League Elite player performance plan, the club will be looking to appoint a suitable replacement for Robbie in due course."
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