Nigel Pearson and Kevin Phillips in contention for Sunderland jobby Simon Lillicrap / 24 May 2017, 11:56Tweet
With the resignation of David Moyes, who it seemed that Sunderland would stick with against all odds, the Black Cats now find themselves searching for a new boss to fire them straight back up to the Premier League.
There are a whole host of names in the Next Sunderland Manager Market and we run through them here.
Former Derby and Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is the current favourite at 11/2. He has been out of a job since his shambolic spell at the Rams where he was suspended and subsequently sacked following an argument with owner Mel Morris.
Pearson does have history of winning promotion from the Championship, having taken Leicester to the top flight in 2014, and he could fancy testing himself at this level once again. However, he's also in the running for the Middlesbrough job and has made it into the final three for that job.
Kevin Phillips is the surprise second favourite at 8/1. He's currently the first-team coach at Derby but has not had a management job to date. He is a legend around the Stadium of Light having bagged 130 goals for Sunderland in his playing days. Phillips would certainly be a risk but also the fans favourite if he did take the step up.
Derek McInnes is next on the list at 9/1. The Aberdeen boss has received a hatful of plaudits for his time in charge of the Dons and will lead his side out for the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday in his 200th game in charge. His side finished second in the league and reached the league cup final - both of which they lost to Celtic.
The big man, Sam Allardyce is next up at 10/1. He staggeringly ditched Crystal Palace after just five months in charge. It seemed that he had done his job keeping them up and seems to have hinted at retirement. His statement reads:
“This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club.” Could his old club tempt him back? Probably not.
Sam Allardyce has dramatically resigned from his post at Crystal Palace— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 23, 2017
Unconfirmed reports that he's set his sights on the Barca job... pic.twitter.com/1PTOf09RSN
Aitor Karanka, Roy Keane and Stefan Schwarz all feature between 10/1 and 14/1 with the former Middlesbrough boss in with a good shout here. Karanka has experience in the Championship having led Boro up and would be keen to stay in the north-east area.
Keane could be keen on a return to Sunderland having managed the club between 2006-08, and securing promotion to the Premier League under his tenure. Schwarz is more of an unknown name on this list having played for Sunderland for four years in the early 2000’s. He has stated his interest in the job and is a surprise addition to the list at 12/1.
Of course, Ryan Giggs is in the running for every job, including this one at 22/1. He really is becoming the new Alan Curbishley. Further down you can find Claudio Ranieri, Tim Sherwood, Steve McClaren and Gus Poyet - all at 33/1.
Whoever bags the Sunderland job is in with a tough task of turning the clubs fortunes around and mounting a serious promotion bid.