Aitor Karanka back in the frame for Sunderland jobby Jack Kitson / 09 November 2017, 11:03Tweet
There’s been another twist in Sunderland’s pursuit of a new manager after former frontrunner Aitor Karanka boomeranged back to the top of the market.
Karanka was a 2/1 contender at the start of the month, but then drifted out to 16/1 after John O’Shea and Ally McCoist were propelled into contention at the summit. However, the Spaniard is now shorter than ever at 2/5, while Luton Town boss Nathan Jones has been cut from 20/1 to 8/1.
Karanka, a former Middlesbrough manager, posted a cryptic tweet of himself at King’s Cross train station: “Next stop… *thinking emoji*" (see tweet below), fuelling reports that he’s now set to join Boro’s North East rivals Sunderland.
Last week The Black Cats axed Simon Grayson, who became the Championship’s second managerial casualty following September’s sacking of Harry Redknapp (Birmingham City).
Joint-caretakers Robbie Stockdale and Billy McKinlay oversaw the first team during the 1-0 defeat to rivals Middlesbrough, but the struggling club will hope to have made a permanent appointment before their next game at home to Millwall on Saturday 18th November.
Since Mick McCarthy left Sunderland in 2006 the trigger-happy club have stormed their way through a whopping 11 permanent managers, including the likes of Roy Keane, Paolo Di Canio and David Moyes, with the latter this week returning to the dugout with West Ham.
Next stop... pic.twitter.com/VycIBKLeyn— Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) November 8, 2017
Rock-bottom Sunderland’s woeful start to the season - one win from 16 matches - means are in stark danger of suffering back-to-back relegations from the Premier League down to League One, and if this happens they will join Swindon and Wolves as the only clubs to have endured the dreaded drop down those two tiers in consecutive years.
It begs the question: Why would anyone want the job?
In an interview with Gazette Live, Boro legend Bernie Slaven, said:
“No good manager in their right mind would go there now. It could put a serious dent in your reputation. David Moyes found that out. And Simon Grayson too. The club is on a spiral of decline and you would have to be desperate to take it.”
Which pretty much sums things up...