Sunderland are reportedly considering Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough for the vacant managerial position, according to the Burton Mail.

The Burton Albion manager’s stock has risen rapidly after getting the side promoted at the first time of asking from League 1, before upsetting the odds once again to brave off relegation and achieve a 20th placed finish in the club’s debut season in the Championship.

It’s reported that Clough is another name on the managerial shortlist for the Sunderland job, as Ellis Short looks to pick the right man to lead the Black Cats back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, following their relegation from the Premier League.

Sunderland have been without a manager since former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes left the club in the wake of their relegation –  a change that was met with widespread relief from the majority of the Sunderland faithful.

However, whilst Clough is a name on the shortlist, no formal approach for the Brewers’ manager has been made, and after turning down the Nottingham Forest job at the back end of last season, it looks unlikely that Clough will be tempted away from the Pirelli Stadium anytime soon.

Clough is 28/1 with Sky Bet, in comparison to 5/4 odds on Kevin Phillips, the outright favourite to land the job, with Derek McInnes, Nigel Pearson and Simon Grayson are the other frontrunners for the role.

What is certain is that Clough’s stock will continue to rise as he pushes Burton Albion further and further up the football league pyramid.

About Author

Sports journalist and editor. Southend-based Reading FC fan. Can sometimes catch me editing for In Bed With Maradona. Find me on Twitter @HarrySmithRFC