Who has been Sunderland's best manager? Sky Sports is launching a vote to discover the finest boss in the history of each current Premier League club and we want your opinions
Last Updated: 07/08/13 2:15pm
Paolo Di Canio's short time in charge of Sunderland has already made plenty of headlines and the Italian will be hoping to live up to the hype. But he has a few tough acts to follow if he wants to be considered among the club's greatest managers. Sky Sports wants to establish who has been the best in the history of Sunderland and we want your vote. Have your say and we will announce the winner in the week commencing 12th August.
Peter Reid (1995-2002)
The former Everton midfielder took over at Sunderland in the 1994/95 season and earned promotion in his first campaign. They lasted just one season before returning to the First Division but it was not long before Reid took them back into the Premier League. Upon their return, Reid's Sunderland exceeded expectations to record consecutive seventh-placed finishes in 1999/2000 and 2000/01. They struggled the next season, however, finishing just above the relegation zone before Reid left in October 2002.
Bob Stokoe (1972-1976 & 1987)
He managed the side to one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history as Second Division Sunderland conquered top-flight giants Leeds United in the 1973 final. It was the perfect end to Stokoe's first season in charge and he guided them to the Second Division title in 1976 before resigning part way through the next campaign.
Tom Watson (1889-1896)
Watson managed Sunderland from 1888 until 1896 when he left to take charge at Liverpool. However, in his time in the North East he won three league titles having led them into the Football League. His three Football League crowns make him the most successful manager in Sunderland history in terms of trophies.
Johnny Cochrane (1928-1939)
He guided Sunderland to a title win in 1936 and followed up with FA Cup success in 1937 during a nine-year stint at the club. The Scot had previously enjoyed success north of the border with St Mirren and continued to impress, taking charge of 500 games for Sunderland. His sides were never short of goals - they managed 109 in the 1936 title-winning campaign - and attracted a record crowd of more than 75,000 for an FA Cup replay with Derby County at Roker Park.
Who do you think has been the greatest manager in Sunderland's history? Have your say via the feedback form below and vote in our poll. Voting closes on 9th August