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Sunderland owner Ellis Short is closing in on a new director of football as he plans for the long-term future.
It is understood the club is ready to hand Lee Congerton the chance to succeed Roberto De Fanti at the Stadium of Light and oversee the club's recruitment wing.
Former Chelsea chief scout Congerton is currently employed as Hamburg's technical director after following Frank Arnesen from Stamford Bridge to Germany.
Short, who dispensed with De Fanti's services in January, is keen to persist with the model he adopted ahead of last summer's overhaul while Paolo Di Canio was still manager.