Peter Reid linked with Sunderland return after Simon Grayson sackingby Jack Kitson / 01 November 2017, 10:47Tweet
Sunderland are on the hunt for their ninth manager in the space of just six years after sacking Simon Grayson on Tuesday night.
Grayson was dispensed of just 17 minutes after Sunderland’s 3-3 draw at home to rock-bottom Bolton, as he paid the price for a rotten start to the season during which the Black Cats have registered only one win from 15 matches.
Sunderland, who were relegated under David Moyes last season, are a confidence-crushed club in free-fall with the mood around the Stadium of Light hitting a nadir.
Since Roy Keane left the club in 2008, nine permanent managers have come and gone, including Sam Allardyce, Dick Advocaat, Gus Poyet, Paolo Di Canio and Steve Bruce.
The Championship strugglers are undoubtedly in need of a huge pick me up and that could well come in the form of their passionate former boss Peter Reid, who at the time of writing is the 4/1 favourite (Bet Victor) to replace Grayson.
It would represent a remarkable return for Reid, 15 years after he left Wearside.
Reid, 61, memorably led Sunderland to promotion into the Premier League for the first time in their history (1995/96), a feat he achieved again in 1998/99 after accumulating a stunning 105 points.
Reid went on to bag back-to-back 7th place finishes in the top-flight, before leaving in 2002 after a whopping 353 games in charge.
Trigger-happy Sunderland have since steamed through 13 permanent managers, with Reid managing more games than the last eight permanent Black Cats bosses combined!
Sunderland have not re-appointed a manager since Bob Stokoe 30 years ago, and on that occasion things didn’t quite work out with the club slumping down into the third-tier, something that could well happen this season should their shocking form continue.
According to the Sunderland Echo Reid would "jump at the chance" to come back to the club, but he faces competition from a couple of his former players in Kevin Phillips (5/1) and Kevin Ball (10/1), while former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is sandwiched between the duo in the betting a 8/1.