Disgruntled Chris Wilder surprise favourite for Sunderland job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 30 April 2018, 09:39

Sunderland are on the hunt for their ninth permanent manager since 2013 following Sunday’s sacking of Chris Coleman.

In the last year alone the club have chomped their way through three gaffers, and whoever takes up the cursed position next has a huge rebuilding job on their hands following the club’s relegation down to League One.

In the immediate aftermath of Coleman’s departure, it was former Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy who emerged as the favourite in the Next Sunderland Manager Market.

However, it’s Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder who now surprisingly tops the betting to replace the Welshman at the Stadium of Light.

In truth, it’s difficult to see Wilder swapping boyhood club Sheffield United for free-falling Sunderland.

Wilder led the Blades up from League One last season, then flirted with promotion up to the Premier League. The club's patchy form in 2018 means that they've missed out on the top-6 and will now have to settle for a top-half finish, which still represents a decent season given that it's their first campaign back in the Championship since 2010/11.

After Saturday’s defeat at home to Preston Wilder sparked fears that he could actually leave Bramall Lane due to a boardroom battle.

“I want to go forward with this club but I can’t do it all on my own. If it stays the same I don’t think anybody would be surprised if I didn’t question where my career was going.”

If matters aren’t resolved then there’s every chance that a clearly disgruntled Wilder could opt for a change of scene, and if this is the case he’s sure to have interest from Championship clubs, and perhaps even one or two teams in the Premier League.

However, given the upward curve that Wilder is currently on, a move down a tier seems out of the question, meaning Sunderland will have to look elsewhere in their hunt for a new manager.

Leicester City assistant Michael Appleton is available at 4/1, with Mick McCarthy at 5/1, and Jaap Stam at 6/1, whereas Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips can be backed at 12/1.

Meanwhile, The Sack Race writer Gabriel Sutton believes that Mark Warburton is the right man for the job.

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