Super Kev has had his say on who he reckons should take the hot seat at the Stadium of Light, the SAFC legend is in the running himself at 25/1 according to the bookmakers but hasn’t shown any signs of interest in the job, instead appearing to back Nigel Pearson, who he worked with at Leicester City.
“Any manager who has taken a club from a lower league up to the Championship is going to be considered, of course. The Cowley brothers are up there as well given what they did at Lincoln. I know they struggled at Huddersfield but they did very well with Lincoln in League One. I’ve heard Lee Johnson is a fantastic coach and I am not surprised to hear his name. He is not in work so the club would not need to pay any compensation and that may suit them financially. Paul Cook is another one because he did an excellent job at Wigan. I am sure the club will want someone with a bit of pedigree or someone who has taken a team out of the lower leagues. I said last time that I was dead keen on linking up with Nigel Pearson, if that was to be the case. I cannot speak for him but I think he would be interested in the Sunderland job. It is a huge job. He did a wonderful job with Leicester when they were in the lower leagues. He has a history of doing it at Hull as well. He has more experience than all of the other candidates put together. Naturally, I think he would be a fantastic appointment. He is a no-nonsense manager. He would go in and iron out any problems in the dressing room and he can deal with the board. It would just come down to whether the owners want that kind of manager at the football club. I would love to see him there.”
There has been other names thrown around such as Sol Campbell, the former England centre half who sits at 25/1 despite rumours that he’s been interviewed for the post. Despite having Super Kev’s backing, former Foxes manager Nigel Pearson who was sacked by Watford after failing to save them from the Premier League drop is at 20/1, whereas Paul Cook who left this weekend’s opponents, Wigan Athletic in the summer, is placed at 14/1. Former SAFC boss Gus Poyet is still being linked with a return to Wearside, despite having apparently already turned the job down, he is at 8/1.
Former Bristol City gaffer Lee Johnson has stormed up the odds table to be placed at 7/4 to take over the reins at Sunderland but it’s Danny Cowley who is odds on favourite as 4/6, the former Lincoln and Huddersfield manager saw promotions from non-league into League 1 with The Imps and then managed to steer the Terriers clear of Championship relegation last season. He and his brother, Nicky, are the most likely according to the bookies to become the new manager and assistant.
When we went into the week just gone, following a draw with Fleetwood which resulted in Phil Parkinson’s dismissal as manager, you’d have been pretty confident to take six points from strugglers Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic, but so far we have only took one point out of three so that makes this clash against the Lactics a must win game. There’s no pre match presser this week from caretaker manager Andrew Taylor, what could this mean? A new appointment on the way? Who knows, let’s hope so but if not this will be another PR disaster for the current owners and their band of merry men, especially if we fail to defeat the basement club of League 1.