FOOTBALL fans are being offered the chance to hear from Sunderland AFC manager Jack Ross and former player Lee Clark as part of a talk-in to raise funds for charity.

Staged at The Engine Room, in Sunderland, on October 24, ‘An Evening with Jack Ross’ will be hosted by guest compere and BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown and will also be attended byClark.

Both Ross and Clark will be open to answering questions from guests as they reflect on their respective careers as players and coaches, with all proceeds from the night going to Steve Cram’s COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas) charity.

Steve Cram CBE cofounded COCO in 2000 in a bid to provide education to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Since its inception, the charity has provided support to thousands of youngsters from across the globe.

Speaking about the event, Mr Brown, said: “I’ve been a sports reporter for almost 35 years now, and Jack Ross is one of the most approachable, engaging and interesting managers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

“I’m grateful he’s giving up his time to help Steve Cram’s COCO charity, and I’m looking forward to hearing his version of what’s been an amazing 16 months in charge so far at the Stadium of Light.

“Lee Clark also enjoyed two terrific seasons with Sunderland. I’m sure – like the fans – he was disappointed with the way it all ended, but he’s happy to put the record straight. I’ve got to know him pretty well since he became our regular “Team Talk” pundit on Look North, and he has some great stories to share from his time at the club.”

Joe Smith, operations director at Pub Culture, which owns The Engine Room, said: “We’re delighted to have Jack, Jeff and Lee joining us for the event.

“COCO has supported thousands of children across the globe and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to host such a grand evening for such an amazing cause.

“Interest has already been mounting and tickets are limited, so we’d urge anyone interested in attending to buy a ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £10 and are available to purchase from The Engine Room. Doors open at 6.30pm and a pie and pea supper is included with each ticket.