Sunderland remain keen on moving for Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom as they look for a new boss and are considering an approach for him, according to the Daily Mail.
The 40 year-old is a key target for the Black Cats, who are set to intensify their search for a new manager in the coming days. Heckingbottom is reportedly interested in the vacancy. Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has also been in the frame, along with ex-Rangers manager Ally McCoist.
Sunderland have been looking for a new manager after they sacked Simon Grayson. They are currently bottom of the Championship after only winning one game in fifteen.
Paul Heckingbottom has caught their eye and they may move for him in the coming days. He has impressed on a small budget at their Championship rivals Barnsley. He also has won the Football League trophy and the League One title during his time with the Tykes.
Heckingbottom also had a spell as a player at Sunderland in his early playing days but never made a senior appearance for the North-East club. He went onto play for Darlington, Norwich City, Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Mansfield in a long playing career.
Sunderland fans will be hoping they can appoint a manager soon and that whoever it is can turn their fortunes around this season. They are currently staring down the barrel of League One football next season if nothing changes soon.
Paul Heckingbottom would be a great appointment for Sunderland. He has done some shrewd transfer business with Barnsley and has them well organised and hard to beat.