Kristjaan Speakman is the new sporting director at the Stadium of Light.

The 41-year old spent the last 14 years working at Blues, as academy manager for the last nine and became increasingly involved in first team affairs last year - even having input in transfers.

Speakman was linked with a role as technical director at the club, but Blues chiefs made a U-turn on that decision.

Since the arrival of Aitor Karanka, Speakman has focused on the academy at St Andrews rather than first team affairs.

Speakman is a former academy coach at Derby County and has been on the coaching staff at Blues since 2006.

We've spoken with Brian Dick, the Blues correspondent from the Birmingham Mail to get an insight int Speakman.

How has Speakman fared at Blues?

"As an academy manager he's done a good job. His staff have brought through three or four very good - very promising young players.

"Of which, Jude Bellingham is probably the jewel in the crown.

"I can think of four players who have come through the Blues while Speakman has been at the academy and gone on to play for England.

"You're looking at Demarai Gray, Nathan Redmond, Jack Butland and obviously Jude now.

"Whilst he's been at the academy there always seems to be another one off the production line if that makes sense."

What can Sunderland expect from him?

"I think what they will have is a very able administrator. He's someone with a record of getting young players out of the academy and through the development squads and into the 16.

"I think if Sunderland are after a youth pathway it could be a good move for them. Speakman was also keen on getting the Blues academy up to an academy one status.

"He was working towards that which would have been a huge feather in everyone's cap."