Jens Keller and Jurgen Klinsmann linked with managerless Sunderland

by Jack Kitson / 26 June 2017, 10:57

It’s now been five weeks since David Moyes called it quits at Sunderland, yet the Black Cats appear no closer to finding his successor.

Sunderland may have faced rejection from the likes of Derek McInnes and Nigel Pearson, but a major factor hindering their elusive search for a new gaffer is the imminent takeover of the club.

Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short is currently locked in talks with a German consortium, and reports indicate that an £85million deal could even be completed this week.

This may be why a couple of German managers have been hotly linked with the Championship post over the last few days, in Jens Keller and Jens Klinsmann.

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Only a short time ago Keller was out in the wilderness at 40/1, but on Saturday his odds were shredded down to just 4/1, and while he was cut to 5/2 on Sunday, he’s now back around the 4/1 mark.

Keller, 46, is currently in charge of Bundesliga 2 side Union Berlin, who finished 4th last season, while he’s previously managed the likes of Stuttgart and Schalke, but he’s never worked outside of Germany, although that would hardly count against him.

On Sunday Keller’s compatriot Jurgen Klinsmann steamed into the frame, from 40/1 to just 4/1, and should be become the club’s surprise new boss, it would be a superb appointment for Sunderland.

Sunderland are looking to bounce back from their relegation from the Premier League and Klinsmann’s presence in the dugout would no doubt help the club attract some tasty players to the Stadium of Light.

Klinsmann has previously managed Germany, Bayern Munich, and most recently the United States, with whom he led to Gold Cup glory in 2013 and then the last-16 of the 2014 World Cup, before losing his job in November of last year.

Meanwhile, it’s Preston boss Simon Grayson who remains the odds-on favourite for the post with many bookmakers, whereas former frontrunner Kevin Phillips has drifted out to 20/1.

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