Bob Bradley says he would jump at the chance to manage Sunderland – but admits he faces stiff competition for the job.
The former USA boss has been linked with the job as Sunderland look home and abroad for a replacement for Dick Advocaat.
Bradley is in charge of Norwegian side Stabaek, having previously led USA at the 2010 World Cup.
Stabaek wouldn’t stand in the 57-year-old’s way if fellow countryman Ellis Short stepped up his interest in him, after Bradley was linked with the job at Liverpool, who also have American owners.
Bradley is keen to test himself in the Premier League, and is confident he could be a success if given the chance.
He said: “Liverpool is a kind of job that would be a dream job for all coaches. But I’m also realistic. Whatever the bookmakers say, clubs like Liverpool look at managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti.
“It’s hard to get a chance at that level without having such a name.
“In a club like Sunderland there are more chances, but there are many managers who are ready when such a job is vacant.
“I am realistic and realise that there is a long list for such jobs.
“But I am also confident. I believe in myself as a coach. I know that I can walk into any situation and give everything I have.”
Sam Allardyce remains the favourite to replace Advocaat.