Championship side Sunderland are looking for a new manager after sacking Simon Grayson. Here are 5 candidates for the job, with some new shock names emerging-
Aitor Karanka– The Spaniard has been linked ever since Simon Grayson was sacked. He is also linked to most Championship jobs which become available. He guided Middlesbrough to the Premier League in 2015/16.
John O’Shea- Odds for Sunderland defender John O’Shea to take the manager’s job can be found as short as 2/1. The 37 year-old has never been a manager before but is believed to want to go into management when he retires.
Ally McCoist- This is one of the new names that has emerged. McCoist has not managed since leaving Rangers in 2014. He guided them to back-to-back promotions from the Scottish League Two to the Scottish Championship (used to be third and first division).
Phil Brown- The current Southend manager is being linked with a move to his boyhood club Sunderland. Brown took Hull City to the Premier League for the first-time in their history in 2008 and get them up the season after. He was harshly sacked by Hull in 2010 and has since managed Preston and now Southend.
Nathan Jones- The 44 year-old Welshman is one of the newest names to be in the fold. He is currently manager of League Two side Luton Town and has taken them up to 3rd in the table this season. He is being tipped for a bright future in the game as a manager and could be handed a bigger job in the near future.