A number of Sunderland fans have urged the club to bring Black Cats cult hero Lee Cattermole back to the Stadium of Light in a coaching capacity following his retirement from professional football.
On Friday, the 32-year-old announced that he was hanging up his boots, and said he would be pursuing a coaching career.
Cattermole, who joined Sunderland from Wigan for a reported £6million in 2009, made 261 appearances for the Black Cats, playing at Premier League, Championship and League One level.
His last season at the Stadium of Light was in 2018-19, scoring seven goals in 36 appearances as the Black Cats reached the League One playoff final, before going on to play for Dutch side VVV Venlo.
Cattermole made 11 appearances in the Eredivisie for his side, but with his contract expiring in May and the season curtailed due to the global health crisis, he then became a free agent.
“With the current situation, the amount of time I have had at home and a great season in Holland, the time is right for me to look into going down the coaching route,” Cattermole is quoted by Sky Sports as saying.
“Ordinarily I don’t think it would have been this year, my aim would have been to play two more seasons… it was a difficult decision. If the season hadn’t finished like it did in May then things might not have been like this, but I think this is right.”
Given his status at the club and his desire to get into coaching, some Sunderland fans think the club should bring him back:
Bring him in as a coach
— Joshua🔴⚪ (@KINGMAGUIRE1) August 14, 2020
Captain. Leader. Legend
— Jack Oughton (@JackOughton95) August 14, 2020
GET HIM AS A COACH
— Callum Lawson (@Callum03Lawson) August 14, 2020
Get him on the coaching team.
— Peter Hewett (@WestSussexSAFC) August 14, 2020
Get him in as mgr bit of passion
— true viking (@waynebsafc) August 14, 2020
Academy manager, NOW
— David Hindmarsh (@DavidHindmarsh7) August 14, 2020
Bring him back
— Joe Henry (@JHennerz93) August 14, 2020
Get him in as a coach.
— Scott Richardson (@ScottRichards0n) August 14, 2020
Get him on the coaching staff
— John Graham (@johngraham790) August 14, 2020