Sunderland deny holding talks with surprise candidate Bernd Schusterby Jack Kitson / 04 June 2015, 09:48Tweet
Sunderland have denied holding talks with the former Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster. The 55-year-old set tongues waggling after his odds were shredded down from 66/1 to just 9/4 over the last couple of days, putting him second in the running behind frontrunner Sean Dyche.
Schuster has been out-of-work since leaving his post at Malaga last year, but some sources reveal that he is keen to join the Premier League managerial arena. The German previously led Los Blancos to the La Liga title in 2008, while he has previously managed fellow Spanish sides Getafe and Levante, along with Shakhtar Donetsk and Besiktas.
Sunderland are on the hunt for a new head coach following Dick Advocaat's departure from the Stadium of Light. Sam Allardyce was originally installed as the favourite for the vacancy, however it's Burnley boss Dyche who now tops the betting with all bookmakers, while Big Sam is a best-priced at 7/1 with Sky Bet.
Other potential targets for the post includ Phillip Cocu, Slavisa Jokanovic, Michael Laudrup and David Moyes. However, Steve McClaren now appears to be taking the helm at the club's rivals Newcastle.