Sunderland have appointed Ricky Sbragia as permanent manager after his successful spell as caretaker.
The Scot, 52, has been handed an 18-month contract by chairman Niall Quinn as the reward for his four games in charge as caretaker, which have brought two victories, a draw and a single defeat, and that away to Manchester United.
Sbragia succeeds Roy Keane, who resigned earlier this month after 27 months in the belief he had taken the club as far as he could.
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