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Insider: Sunderland Ladies secure tie up
8:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
STRONGER links between Sunderland and Sunderland Ladies have been established and the latter will now become formally integrated in to the clubs structure.
The Premier League club have been working closely with the womens team to try to secure a place within the newly-created FAs Women Super League which will start in March next year.
Between the two a comprehensive bid was lodged and has proven successful and the news has been backed up by confirmation that the Ladies now finally and officially fall under the North-East clubs umbrella.
Sunderland will now play in League Two along with teams such as Aston Villa Ladies, Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies and Millwall Lionesses. The team, known previously as Sunderland Womens FC, will now be re-launched as Sunderland AFC Ladies Limited and SAFC will be its parent company.
Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: "The womens team has always been an important part of our football family and the creation of the new Super League offered us a great opportunity to bring them fully under our wing.
"By sharing our know-how and resources we have been able secure league status, which was vital to the future of the womens team. We are now looking forward to seeing the team go from strength to strength with promotion to WSL 1 being our primary aim."
Humphreys, 35, has been backed to take over from former chief Clarke Carlisle, who decided to retire from the game at the end of last season.
Carlisle has continued in the role while a replacement was found, but one of the requirements for the post is to be a current professional so he was asked to step down.
The 33-year-old, who left Northampton last May, is set to be replaced by Humphreys after months of deliberation.
The ex-Pools player joined League Two leaders Chesterfield on a one-year deal and has always worked closely with the PFA.
Humphreys has been on the players unions management committee deciding on the future of chief executive Gordon Taylor following allegations of gambling problems.
THE Insider can reveal former Sunderland defender Clive Clarke was a crucial mover in Kei Kamaras switch to Middlesbrough on deadline day.
It has emerged that while various advisors felt they had a chance of doing a deal with Kamara with an English club, it was Clarkes contacts which got the switch to the Riverside finalised.
The 33-year-old, now an agent after retiring from the game, is part of the Beswick Sports agency based in his hometown Stoke and it was Beswicks which brought Kamara in from Sporting Kansas City.
Clarke never played another match after collapsing and suffering a cardiac arrest in the changing room during an appearance for Leicester at Nottingham Forest in August 2007. He has been working as a licensed agent.
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