Former Villa Captain At Sunderland
Former Villa midfielder Kevin Richardson will put Sunderland's players through their paces until a permanent manager is found.
A statement issued Sunderland's official site read: 'Following an announcement by Sunderland Limited on Tuesday confirming that the company intended to extend its exclusivity agreement with Niall Quinn and his consortium until 30th June, the club has confirmed that Kevin Richardson will commence pre-season preparation when the team report back on Monday. The early part of pre-season focuses on necessary fitness work and Kevin, along with Peter Friar, will be taking the early sessions with players.'
Why am I telling you all this?
Well, I'm still hoping and praying that Niall Quinn not only completes his takeover of Sunderland but also that he picks up the phone and hires David O'Leary as their manager.
COME ON SUNDERLAND.
Richards also played for Everton, Watford, Arsenal, Coventry, Southampton and Real Sociedad in a varied career which included one England cap.