Sunderland legend Gary Rowell pays tribute to former team boss Jimmy Adamson

Jimmy Adamson has died, aged 82.
Jimmy Adamson has died, aged 82.

EX-SUNDERLAND manager Jimmy Adamson, who died yesterday aged 82, should be remembered as the manager who gave youth a chance during his time in charge at Roker Park.

That’s the view of Sunderland legend Gary Rowell, who was one of the chief beneficiaries of the Northumbrian’s youth policy during his time at the helm from November 1976 to October 1978.

Adamson succeeded Bob Stokoe after the brief caretakership of Ian McFarlane and made the worst start of any Sunderland manager up to that point.

He lost his first seven games without a goal scored, at which point he decided to revolutionise the side by blooding youngsters Gary Rowell, Shaun Elliott and Kevin Arnott, as well as making the shrewd signings of Colin Waldron and Mick Docherty.

Read a full obituary of Jimmy Adamson in today’s Sportmail.