Andrew Taylor will take charge of Sunderland when they face Burton Albion in tonight's League One clash.

The first-team coach has been charged with leading first-team affairs in the wake of Phil Parkinson's sacking on Sunday.

Taylor will pick the side tonight and, providing no new manager is place before the weekend, for Saturday's Stadium of Light match with Wigan Athletic.

So who is the man in charge of the Sunderland side tonight?

Here's all you need to know.

Who is Andrew Taylor?

Hartlepool-born Taylor began his career with Middlesbrough's academy, and was part of the side which won the FA Youth Cup in 2004. Following a loan spell at Bradford, he made his Boro debut against Arsenal in 2006.

He went on to make 125 appearances for Boro before, after a loan at Watford, joined Cardiff in 2011. After three years in south Wales, he moved to Wigan in 2014. He also turned out for Reading on loan before ending his career at Bolton.

He has played for England at every level from Under-16 to Under-21.

Coaching career

Following his retirement from playing in September 2019, Taylor return to the North East, where he linked up with Parkinson, his former manager at Bolton.

He has been first-team coach at Sunderland since November 2019. He has his UEFA B-licence and is believed to be studying towards his A-licence.

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What has he said so far?

Taylor has warned his players not to lose focus tonight despite all that is happening behind the scenes.

"The bottom line is that we're still in a very good position in the league and we're still within touching distance of the top two," said Taylor.

"I said to the lads this morning that football moves fast, so we haven't got time to feel sorry for ourselves or to let the emotions of what's happened affect us.

"Whether I'm here or not, the end goal for this squad this season has to be promotion and that will not change.

"December is a big month for us and there is a lot of football to be played, starting with two big home games that we will aim to take six points from."