Sunderland AFC news: Neville hits out, Redknapp distances himself and Rodgers linked with Black Cats job

Ex-West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is favourite for the Sunderland job
Ex-West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is favourite for the Sunderland job
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It has been another busy day on Wearside as Sunderland step up the search for their new manager after the departure of Dick Advocaat.

‘Arry Redknapp has moved to distance himself from the vacant job at the Stadium of Light amid claims he has a friendship with owner Ellis Short.

You can read what he had to say here.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit and England coach Gary Neville has hit out at the Sunderland players after the departure of the Dutchman.

Neville branded the squad a “shower” in this explosive blast.

Ex-West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce remains the favourite for the job, with Sean Dyche, Nigel Pearson also high up in the running.

Brendan Rodgers, sacked by Liverpool yesterday, is fourth favourite among the bookies although an immediate return to management seems unlikely for Rodgers.

Meanwhile, ex-Sunderland defender Michael Gray has also been speaking about the Black Cats search for a new manager and says chairman Ellis Short is desperate for success.

Gray told Sky Sports: “He is frustrated like everybody else.

“He wants success and is very ambitious. He brings in these managers to try and bring in the success and overnight for the first two or three months that is what he gets.

“But his frustration is the following season and how the manager seems to get that right.

“He gives them the funds, whether that is enough you will have to ask the manager and the chairman.

“For the chairman and the [new] manager they have to stoke up a great connection between one another and the players have to do the same thing.”

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