Following their failure to beat bottom club Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, Sunderland decided to part company with manager Simon Grayson. Looking across the Football League, Grayson became the 11th managerial casualty this season. fans will now be looking at the future and we take a look at the names in the frame.
The clubs fans have become used to managerial change in recent seasons. Since gaining promotion in 2007, the club has had 10 permanent managers. The manager with the best record over this period is Roy Keane. Grayson was only appointed in the summer so everyone within the club will be disappointed that it ended this early
Aitor Karanka – 11/5 with Coral
Despite being sacked last season, Karanka had a relatively successful time at local rivals Middlesbrough. His experience of getting a team out of the Championship will no doubt be a quality that impresses the Sunderland board.
Peter Reid – 4/1 with Ladbrokes
Reid managed Sunderland between 1995 and 2002 and lead the club to two promotions and a 7th place finish in 1999/2000. His last appointment in English football was with Plymouth Argyle in 2011 so would perhaps be deemed a risk, even if it would be a move welcomed by a large element of the clubs support.
Nigel Pearson – 10/1 with Sky Bet
Following his departure from Derby County in October 2016, Pearson decided to move out of his comfort zone and take a job at Belgian club OH Leuven in the summer. The big question here is whether he will leave a job so early into his tenure, especially when he’s started the season so well.
John O’Shea – 12/1 with PaddyPower
The Irishman has played over 200 times for Sunderland and this would be his first movement into any kind of coaching staff. It would certainly be a risk but with so many experienced managers failing at this club, perhaps it would be one worth taking.
Craig Shakespeare – 33/1 with Sky Bet
The former Leicester manager was only recently sacked by his former club and will no doubt be tempted at what is still a relatively big Championship club. One of the main points against him could be that he has never managed a team, in what is a competitive league to get out of.