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Sunderland eyeing new managerial target ahead of next season

Sunderland are being linked with a move for Bo Svensson as they continue their hunt for a new manager, as per a report by The Sun.

Sunderland are apparently interested in luring the former Bundesliga boss to England as they search for a permanent replacement for Michael Beale ahead of next season. Mike Dodds ended the past campaign in caretaker charge as the Black Cats ended up finishing in a disappointing 16th place in the table.

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Svensson, 44, has been out of the dugout since his exit from Mainz in November last year and he has since been weighing up his options. He left by mutual consent after his previous club went nine games without a win at the start of this past term.

According to The Sun, he has emerged on Sunderland’s radar and they could ‘line up’ a swoop for him in the near future. The likes of Will Still and Paul Heckingbottom have also been in the frame for the Stadium of Light vacancy.

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Sunderland, Sunderland eyeing new managerial target ahead of next season

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Sunderland eye new boss

Sunderland need to get their next managerial appointment right as they look to push for promotion next year.

Svensson is certainly a candidate from left-field and some may question his lack of experience in England. However, despite his time there ending in disappointment, he did a decent job on the whole at Mainz and might now want to test himself in a new league.

Sunderland, Sunderland eyeing new managerial target ahead of next season
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He spent his playing days as a centre-back with the likes of FC Copenhagen, Borrusia Monchengladbach and Mainz before hanging up his boots in 2014.

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The Dane started his coaching career with the latter in their youth set-up before he landed the top job at FC Liefering in the Austrian second tier, who are a feeder club to Red Bull Salzburg.

Svensson spent just under two years with them and guided them to a 3rd place finish. They were then 2nd when Mainz lured him back to the Mewa Arena in January 2021.

They were in the drop zone when he joined and he turned their fortunes around to help them avoid dropping into Bundesliga.2.

Mainz then ended 9th last term and were contenders for the Europa Conference League before just missing out.

Sunderland decision to make

Sunderland could do with finding their manager sooner rather than later so they can start properly planning for the future.

Svensson has an interesting CV and did some solid work with Mainz over in Germany. Time will tell whether the Black Cats end up going for him, but the links suggest they are looking overseas as well in their recruitment process.

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