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Earlier today, the72 reported that Sunderland has narrowed their search for Chris Coleman’s replacement down to just four men.

The Black Cats are looking for a manager who is capable of competing in the third tier following their relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

Chris Coleman was sacked, as the takeover of the North East club neared a conclusion, and the board members at the club are looking to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.

Here is a look at their four man shortlist:
1) Michael Appleton

The Leicester City assistant boss has also been linked with the West Brom job, but Sunderland are reportedly keen to bring him to the North East. Despite being an assistant now, Appleton has plenty of experience in the role of manager. He was in charge of Oxford United as they earned promotion to the third tier, and he consolidated them in Sky Bet League One. He has also had spells at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn.

2) Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder is a manager known to the majority of Football League fans. He has just guided Sheffield United to a top half finish in their first season back in the second tier. Last year, he lifted the Sky Bet League One title with the Blades, and the year before that he helped Northampton win Sky Bet League Two. His track record in recent years speaks for itself, and if anyone is capable of getting Sunderland out of the third tier, it is him. Recent reports have suggested unrest at Bramall Lane between Wilder and the board, but whether or not that will come to anything remains to be seen.

Click onto the next page to read about the other two candidates!
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