29-year-old Sunderland analyst Chris Blake has returned to Brunton Park to rejoin his former club Carlisle United. Blake arrived at the Stadium of Light two years ago from League Two side Carlisle when Gustavo Poyet was in charge. When Sam Allardyce took over as Black Cats manager last season, Blake was promoted from academy to first team analyst.
Important not to have disruptions
Newly appointed Sunderland manager David Moyes has stated he isn’t planning to disrupt any of the backroom staff setup. The Scotsman told the media that both Robbie Stockdale and Paul Bracewell would stay at the club in his press conference on Monday, but the departure of Blake allows Moyes to bring in a familiar face if he wishes. The pair were promoted to be former manager Dick Advocaat’s Assistant manager and head coach respectively, and were kept on by Allardyce when he arrived last season.
Allardyce was a great believer in analytics and stats at Sunderland, and has been known for concentrating on the statistical side of things throughout his managerial career. Whether or not Moyes appoints a new Analyst to replace Blake remains to be seen.
Full of praise
Blake is currently studying for his UEFA-A Licence coaching badge. Newly appointed Academy manager of Carlisle United, Darren Edmondson said: “Chris is a progressive young man, he wants to improve and wants to learn, and we think he will be an excellent addition.”
Edmondson also highlighted Blake’s experience with implementing new policies and that Blake ‘ticked a lot of the boxes.’
The new Blue’s academy manager, who was a trainee at Brunton Park in the 1990’s, also went on to say: “Add that to his analysing strength from his time at Sunderland and the knowledge he gained from working with Eric Kinder here and, as an overall package, he was someone we were keen to get in as quickly as we could.”