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Post  Guest on 2013-06-08, 5:43 pm

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/sunderland-afc/alan-brown-goes-manager-leaves-roker-by-mutual-consent-1-5742021





Alan Brown Goes - Manager leaves Roker – “by mutual consent”








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MANAGER Alan Brown and Sunderland AFC today
parted company by mutual consent. The announcement that Sunderland were
prepared to let him go and that Mr Brown wanted to move out of an
unhappy situation came without warning.



A new contract for the manager who has twice taken over
the reins of office when the club was run down to dangerous level in
both playing and financial resources has been under consideration for
some time. Club chairman, Mr Keith Collings, is on record as saying in
March: “There is no doubt at all that he will be offered another lengthy
contract. It’s the very least we can do.”
But after a series of
discussions, in which Mr Brown did not conceal the fact that he thought
it would be to mutual advantage if he moved on, the last few words on
the subject were spoken this morning, when Mr Collings and
vice-chairman, Mr Jack Ditchburn, accepted Mr Brown’s decision to make
the break immediately.
The decision takes immediate effect and the handling of team and club affairs is now completely out of Mr Brown’s hands.
Sunderland
first turned to Mr Brown on August 1, 1957, three months after the club
had been shattered by the findings of a joint FA and [color:b49b=#446688 !important][color:b49b=#446688 !important]Football [color:b49b=#446688 !important]League
Commission which conducted an inquiry into the conduct of the club’s
affairs. They had narrowly escaped relegation the previous season,
finishing in 20th position, and both playing and financial resources
were at a low ebb.
His first season was to end in the disaster of
relegation for the first time in the club’s history and it took him
three seasons to put together a side capable of challenging for
promotion. There were to be two third-place near misses before he
brought them back in the 1963-64 season with a side which included seven
of his youth team products, along with experienced recruits in Charlie
Hurley, George Herd, Johnny Crossan and George Mulhall.
Shortly
before the start of the 1964-65 come-back to First Division football, he
relinquished his appointment and took up the vacant manager’s post with
Sheffield Wednesday. At that time, Sunderland had shown a record profit
of £108,000 on the previous season and had received advance season
ticket bookings of £125,000 – a record for a Football League club.
Average
attendances for the promotion season were 41,257, but these have been
falling ever since, with the exception of last season, when a modest
increase raised them above the lowest post-war level of 15,767 the
previous season.
On their return to the First Division, Sunderland
operated for four months without a manager and then, following a brief
term of office by Mr George Hardwick, the former Scottish international
manager Mr Ian McColl took over for a three-year spell which failed to
arrest a steady decline in the club’s fortunes.
When Mr Brown
returned on February 9, 1968, Sunderland were again waging what appeared
to be a losing battle against relegation and against a financial
situation which in four years had deteriorated by nearly £400,000.
With
strictly limited opportunity to build by spending, he steered them
clear of relegation and gave them another two seasons of First Division
football before they were relegated again in 1969-70.
Since
1963-64 Sunderland have received over £400,000 in transfer fees for
players who were discovered and developed by Mr Brown and in the past
two years, when the framework of a new promotion side has been taking
shape, they have received £200,000 for the transfer of players without
being able to make finance available for recruiting the necessary talent
to complete the re-building job.
Mr Brown, who played for Huddersfield Town, Burnley and Notts County and was trainer-coach with Sheffield Wednesday and [color:b49b=#446688 !important][color:b49b=#446688 !important]Burnley before accepting his first Roker appointment, had been a Sunderland supporter since his boyhood days.
He leaves with no hard feelings and will continue to be counted among those who wish Sunderland well.
The
shock announcement of his departure comes in a six-day period which has
brought a series of changes in the club’s administration. Last
Thursday, Mr Dan Eaton left the club’s employment after being replaced
as commercial manager by Mr Gordon Dimbleby. Just 24 hours later came
the statement that long-serving directors Messrs Stanley Ritson and Jack
Cooke had resigned from the board and that vacancies had been filled by
the appointment of Messrs Maurice Bewick, Alan Martin and Fred Stewart.
What the Echo says
Mr Alan Brown’s decision to part company from Sunderland [color:b49b=#446688 !important][color:b49b=#446688 !important]Football [color:b49b=#446688 !important]Club
will be welcomed by his critics, of whom he has more than his fair
share. But those with the interest of the club at heart will be sorry to
see him go.
Twice he has come to Sunderland’s rescue, to face the
task of reviving the club’s fortunes at a time when they were at a low
ebb. If the team has failed to make much headway this season what must
not be overlooked is that Mr Brown has had to rely upon the same talent
which took Sunderland into fifth place least season. Nor can Mr Brown’s
contribution to the club’s finances – in two years £200,000 has been
received in transfer fees – be ignored.



In that same period no money has
been available to buy players.
Perhaps Sunderland has been guilty of undervaluing his services.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 1 1972.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2013-06-08, 6:45 pm

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Stand back at safe distance.

And wait.

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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-06-09, 12:28 am

That article just about sums the club up in the 50s. We spend shed loads of money buying the best players available but had nothing to show but big crowds and a team that was showing its age when he came. Brown vowed he would not leave until we were promoted back and he came close in 62 and 63 with his team.

It was chaotic when he came but he left us in a totally financial healthy position as said in the article. He produced a strong team and scouting organisation that was capable of being around for years but incoming managers saw it differently and made glamour signings (Baxter) who did not need.

Any even handed supporter would see Brown's first reign as success under any circumstance, but Brown was not a great communicator and rarely gave interviews preferring to let his team do the talking on the pitch.


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Post  Guest on 2013-06-09, 8:33 am

Inside-right Charlie Fleming recalls "Brown expected his youngsters to play a hard-running, chasing game, rather than allowing the ball to do the work. Instead of running five yards and passing the ball 20 he got them to run 20 and pass the ball five. And he would coach us in heading and trapping the ball... things that kids could do."

Right half Stan Anderson later told a reporter how they had been top of the Second Raters League at Xmas, whilst main rivals Middlesbrough were second. After a Boxing Day home match was postponed, Brown told his players to strip off and roll in the snow - "It'll toughen your bodies", he said. Stan laughed : "We played Middlesbrough on New Year's Day. Three of the first team were out with 'flu, and we got thumped 4-0. Middlesbrough returned to the First Division that year. Sunderland did not.

Any even handed supporter would see Brown's first reign as second division trash, and his second reign as something worse. His supporters always mention that he was an excellent scout - which he was. What they don't say is that it took a manager worthy of the name (Stokoe) to get his recruits to play. It beggars belief that Watson, Tueart, Montgomery, Malone, Porterfield, Kerr &co were fourth from bottom of the Second Rater's League and heading for the Third Division when he was deservedly driven out by the fans contempt.
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Post  Guest on 2013-06-09, 8:42 am

So Brown left in 72, Stokoe came in and in 73 the rest is history, have i got this right so far?
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Post  Guest on 2013-06-09, 8:55 am

commachio wrote:So Brown left in 72, Stokoe came in and in 73 the rest is history, have i got this right so far?

Yes. From Nov. 18th 1972 to Jan 6th 1973 we stood at 19th in the Second Division, and only that, if I recall, on goal difference! Billy Elliott had a few weeks as caretaker manager (and converted Dave Watson from a mediocre striker to a centre-half destined for England). Then Stokoe took over in December. We steadily rose up the league under a proper manager and finished the season in 6th place. Er ... there was another little landmark in May but I can't quite remember what!

Figures are from Statcat.
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Post  Guest on 2013-06-09, 12:30 pm

Yes, and we continued to be a yo-yo club .... until NOW !

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Post  Guest on 2013-06-09, 12:56 pm

silvers wrote:Yes, and we continued to be a yo-yo club .... until NOW !
Very Happy

By god, it's been a long time coming, hasn't it? We haven't done well, but it feels so good just to be back in our proper place. By the way, Silvers, thanks for the Echo headline. I was away from home for lengthy spells at that time and I've never seen it before. I'd have cut it out and framed it if I had been in the area!
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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-06-09, 11:54 pm

cuteybuns wrote:
commachio wrote:So Brown left in 72, Stokoe came in and in 73 the rest is history, have i got this right so far?

Yes. From Nov. 18th 1972 to Jan 6th 1973 we stood at 19th in the Second Division, and only that, if I recall, on goal difference! Billy Elliott had a few weeks as caretaker manager (and converted Dave Watson from a mediocre striker to a centre-half destined for England). Then Stokoe took over in December. We steadily rose up the league under a proper manager and finished the season in 6th place. Er ... there was another little landmark in May but I can't quite remember what!

Figures are from Statcat.

Watswon had always been a centre half but Richie Pitt adequately filled that position and Watson played up front out of desperation. When Stokoe arrived money was found so he could buy Vic Halom to fill that slot and Watson was moved back to his favoured position and tightened up a leaky defence. He also signed Ron Guthrie from Newcastle reserves for a pittance. The sale of Colin Todd to Derby against both Brown's and the players wishes did not help the building of the second team.



Brown's first tenure second division trash team took time to build but took Man Utd to two replays in the '63
and only errors by Jim Mongomery and Charlie Hurley contributed to the eventual loss of the tie.

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Post  Guest on 2013-06-10, 12:38 am

Watson was signed from Rotherham by Brown for £100,000 as a centre forward.

Twas Stokoe (himself a former centre half) who converted Watson to centre half..

Yes, Brown left in the Autumn .. and six months later we won the cup!
That cup win (as well as selling our best players) provided funds for Stokoe to build a promotion winning side ..... which of course was promptly relegated .. to keep the pattern going !

Certainly was a roller coaster in the 1970s !
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Post  Nostalgic on 2013-06-10, 3:52 am

silvers wrote:Watson was signed from Rotherham by Brown for £100,000 as a centre forward.

Twas Stokoe (himself a former centre half) who converted Watson to centre half..

Yes, Brown left in the Autumn .. and six months later we won the cup!
That cup win (as well as selling our best players) provided funds for Stokoe to build a promotion winning side ..... which of course was promptly relegated .. to keep the pattern going !

Certainly was a roller coaster in the 1970s !

Always of himself a CH. Have a read all about him on football-england.com.
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