According to the Sunderland Echo, former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager Billy Davies has expressed an interest in the vacancy at relegated Sunderland. He has been out of work since leaving Forest back in March 2014.

He did endure quite a lengthy period of gardening leave following his departure from the City Ground. With that out of the way now, Davies is looking to get back into the dugout and the job at Sunderland is one which appeals to him. With nobody seemingly the frontrunner for this job, perhaps Davies has a decent shot at getting the gig.

Whilst it is believed by the same source that Davies is below other intended targets and candidates for the role, he isn’t completely ruled out. They also report that Scottish sources believe the Stadium of Light club have approached the 53-year-old.

Davies made his first venture into management with Motherwell back in 1998 after serving as player/coach prior to that. He would leave to become assistant manager to former Scotland boss Craig Brown at Preston North End. However when Brown left in 2004, Davies was handed the managerial reins himself.

After two play-off appearances, he would head off to Derby County in 2006. His first season brought instant success as they won the play-off final at Wembley against West Bromwich Albion to seal their spot in the Premier League. They would immediately be relegated, with Davies only lasting a few months of that campaign. December 2008 saw him move to Nottingham Forest before departing in June 2011, only for him to return in February 2013. A series of broken down relationships in and around the club eventually saw him lose his job, right after a heavy defeat to former club and big rival Derby.

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