Sunderland announce the departure of chief scout Bryan 'Pop' Robson

Chief scout Bryan 'Pop' Robson has left Sunderland with immediate effect

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Sunderland have confirmed that chief scout Bryan 'Pop' Robson has left the club.

Manager Paolo Di Canio declined to comment on reports that the scouting system would be overhauled, but the Black Cats issued a statement on Friday announcing Robson is leaving with immediate effect.

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: "We would like to place on record our thanks to Pop for his contribution to the club and we wish him well for the future."

The much-travelled and highly-experienced Robson joined the club in 2011 under then manager Steve Bruce.