But it is Dickman who has landed a position that is set to become integral to the future of the club, given the want of the new owners to invest in youth development.
Dickman was a highly-rated youth-team player at Sunderland but was forced to retire aged 20 because of a persistent hip problem.
He has risen through the coaching ranks on Wearside and, since 2017, he has been in charge of the Under-23s side. His departure will come as a shock to followers of Sunderland given his longstanding connection with the club.
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