Sunderland are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Jack Ross today. Here are five potential candidates for the vacant position-
Kevin Phillips- He played 235 games for Sunderland during his playing career and scored 130 goals. The 46-year-old retired in 2014 and has since held coaching roles at Leicester City, Derby County and Stoke City. Could he return to the Stadium of Light now as manager?
Phil Parkinson- The former Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers boss is available after leaving the Trotters in August. He guided the North-West side to promotion from League One 2017 so knows what it takes to get out of the division. He could be considered by the Black Cats.
Daniel Stendel- He has parted company with Barnsley today after a poor start to their Championship season. The German boss got the Tykes promoted from the third tier last season with 91 points. Sunderland could see him as an ideal fit for them but would have to persuade him to drop back down into League One.
Roy Keane- It is no secret that the former Manchester United midfielder wants to return to management. He managed Sunderland from 2006 to 2008 and won the Championship title during his tenure at the Stadium of Light.
Neil Harris- The 42-year-old is an option for the Black Cats. He left Millwall last week after four years at the helm, during which he won promotion to the Championship via the Play-Offs in 2017.