July 16, 2024

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Niall Huggins of Sunderland goes down injured and is stretchered off during to the Sky Bet Championship game between Sunderland AFC and Coventry City at The Stadium of Light on December 23, 2023 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

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Sunderland’s appointment of Regis Le Bris as the successor to Michael Beale has bolstered the chances of the club keeping hold of not only Chris Rigg, but Dan Neil as well.

The Black Cats will be looking to build on what was a disappointing previous season in the Championship, as they finished 16th in the league standings despite having hopes of gaining a play-off spot.

And with the Wearsiders confirming the appointment of 48-year-old Le Bris last month from FC Lorient, Sunderland will now be turning all their focus to setting up for next season, which will include player recruitment and contract renewals.

Sunderland’s search for a Michael Beale replacement had been ongoing for four months before appointing the Frenchman, despite the 48-year-old being unable to keep Lorient in the top flight, and leaving by mutual consent at the end of last season.

There is still hope that Le Bris will be the man to take the Black Cats forward though, and to do that, he will need to keep hold of his star players and brighest assets.

One of those is teenage starlet Chris Rigg, and despite plenty of doubt over his future already this summer, Fabrizio Romano broke the news on Monday that he was set to remain on Wearside and sign a new contract.

And per claims made by the Northern Echo, Sunderland finally making a breakthrough with their manager pursuit and appointing Le Bris as head coach has allowed Rigg to make his mind up and commit his long-term future to Sunderland amid a whole host of interest from multiple Premier League clubs.

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