John O'Shea's odds slashed in next Sunderland manager marketby Jack Kitson / 02 November 2017, 15:04Tweet
Sunderland have blundered their way through a staggering 10 managers in less than 10 years following the sacking of Simon Grayson who was sent packing earlier this week after just 18 matches in charge.
And so the Sunderland managerial search has opened up its doors once again, but who on earth is getting the job?
You’ll be surprised to hear that there are a fair few interested in the Championship’s latest vacancy...but more on that in a minute.
The early favourite for the post was a former Sunderland boss in Peter Reid (5/1) who is rumoured to be interested in a return to the club, 15 years after leaving. Reid memorably guided the Black Cats up to the Premier League for the first time in their history, before bagging a record 7th place finish later on in his tenure.
Aitor Karanka, a former manager of Sunderland’s North East rivals Middlesbrough, then led the way at the summit of the market, with the likes of ex Black Cat Stefan Schwarz, and the club’s joint caretakers Robbie Stockdale and Billy McKinlay.
However, it’s John O’Shea who has stormed his way into the mix on Thursday afternoon after bookmakers cut his odds from around the 14/1 mark to the odds-on favourite following a flurry of bets on the club’s vice captain.
O’Shea has been plying his trade at the Stadium of Light since his 2011 switch from Man Utd, but he could now be set to venture into the world of management!
Meanwhile, Phil Brown may currently be in charge of Southend but that small matter hasn’t prevented him from hurling his name into the frame for the Sunderland post after declaring his love for the club (see tweet). Like Brown, Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst is believed to be interested in the vacancy, however the employed duo have since taken a back-step following O’Shea’s sudden emergence at the top of the market.