Days after Dick Advocaat walked away from the Black Cats, Sunderland have begun the task of finding a new man to take the managerial role at the Stadium of Light.
However, the Black Cats are finding the task of replacing the Dutch manager challenging.
Sporting director Lee Congerton has been given the role of finding a new manager for the club, despite he too handing in his letter of resignation from his role at the club.
After a few days without a manager, it seems as though no one wants to go near the Sunderland job as several potential managers have rejected the club. Already Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and David Moyes have knocked back the club’s approaches, making the task finding a new manager at the end of the international break a tough one.
Ex-QPR and Tottenham Harry Redknapp has spoken out about rejecting the club’s pursuit of his signature saying there was no chance he would take on the role as Sunderland manager.
The club that is yet to win this season is currently sitting second last on goal difference and has shown no signs of escaping another relegation scrap this season. Knowing this, potential managers have been hesitant in accepting the role at the Stadium of Light.
Things haven’t been made easier for the club’s pursuit of a new manager after Advocaat labelled the Sunderland squad ‘not good enough’ to escape relegation.
As the selection of potential managers thins out, the Black Cats are under pressure to find a replacement fast as they look to save their season.
Reports are saying that the club has approached former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson. After saving Leicester City from relegation last season, Pearson could be the only man willing to take on the managerial role at Sunderland.
Sunderland is expected to announce a new manager upon the return of the Premier League after the international break.