The Northern Echo reports that officials at Sunderland have been in discussions with Garry Monk over becoming their next manager. They are said to be confident of luring the former Leeds United head coach ahead of rival clubs who are also looking to make an appointment.
League rivals Hull City and Middlesbrough are also looking to name a new manager this summer. Martin Bain is leading the search at the Stadium of Light and he has made his feelings known to Monk that he would like him to guide Sunderland back into the Premier League.
Derek McInnes and Simon Grayson of Aberdeen and Preston North End respectively are others to be heavily linked with the vacancy too. The club have been said to be looking toward naming a successor that is able to work on a budget, given the likely financial restrictions with the Black Cats next season following relegation. The club are said to be over £100million in debt. Sunderland will have to sell if they want to add to the squad. Keeper Jordan Pickford is highly likely to be moving on back to the top flight.
38-year-old Monk has held discussions with Hull City over the job too, however it would appear ex-CSKA Moscow and Russia head coach Leonid Slutsky is the frontrunner for that respective gig. Boro chairman Steve Gibson is believed to be considering Monk as well.
Monk has also been touted to a job in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, but he is said to face greater competition should he want that respective job. Perhaps remaining in the Championship is the most likely scenario for him. Sunderland will recall their players back for pre-season in just under a month, so they hope to name a new manager well before then. They’ll be hoping it is Garry Monk.