Former Sunderland coach Viv Busby dies aged 74

Former Sunderland assistant manager Viv Busby has died aged 74. Busby worked at the Black Cats for four years under Denis Smith from 1987 until 1991.

He went on to manager Hartlepool United and York City, after a playing career which saw him star for Fuham. Busby played for the Cottagers for three years in the 1970s, scoring 37 goals in 143 appearances.

He was an integral part of the Fulham side which reached the FA Cup final in 1975, starting all 12 matches and scoring six goals including two against league leaders Everton in the fifth round. A side also including Bobby Moore were eventually beaten by West Ham in the final. Busby also played for Wycombe, Luton, Norwich and Stoke.

He returned to Craven Cottage in 1999 as a coach under former Sunderland player Paul Bracewell, and was inducted into the club's Forever Fulham hall of fame in 2022.

Sunderland club historian Rob Mason paid tribute to Busby, saying: "We were saddened to learn of the death of former Sunderland assistant manager Viv Busby at the age of 75. Viv was an outstanding coach when Sunderland bounced straight out of the third division in the late eighties. He arrived in 1987 as number two to Denis Smith who he had previously worked with successfully at York City. The duo worked wonders on Wearside before a parting of the ways came after Busby had spent four and a half years at SAFC."