Former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is in the running for the vacant Sunderland job, according to The Mirror.

Sunderland are currently searching for a new boss following the resignation of David Moyes earlier this week.  The club finished bottom of the Premier League this season on 24 points and will compete in the Sky Bet Championship next season.

One person reportedly being considered for the position of manager is former assistant manager Steve Cotterill.  Cotterill was assistant to Howard Wilkinson but both were sacked after winning only four of their 27 games in charge.

Cotterhill has had several jobs since leaving Sunderland, including spells with Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and a three-year stint in charge of Burnley.

Bristol City provided Cotterill with his most recent manager’s job, being appointed in December 2013.  He guided the club to 12th place in League One before guiding the club to the Championship the following season with a club-record 99 points.  In January of the following season with Bristol City struggling, Cotterhill was sacked.

With only three games left of this season, Cotterill became a first-team coach at Birmingham City under Harry Redknapp.  The team secured two wins out of three and avoided relegation but Cotterill decided not to stay on, in the hope of securing another manager’s job this summer.

Sunderland may provide Cotterill with such a job, with the former Birmingham coach understood to be in the running for the job this summer.  However, if Cotterill is offered the job, he will be under a lot of pressure to guide Sunderland back to the Premier League next season.

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