After Jack Ross departed the Stadium of Light on Tuesday afternoon, a host of names have been linked with the job – which has understandably attracted plenty of interest. And with Donald have already made approaches for a number of managers, the race for the job looks to be hotting up. Scroll down and click through the pages to see EVERY name linked with Sunderland AFC:
1. Gareth Ainsworth
The current favourite with the bookmakers, Sunderland were reportedly given permission to speak to Ainsworth on Thursday evening. Indeed. only a nominal fee will be required to secure the Wycombe boss.
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2. Daniel Stendel
Another name who the Black Cats have reportedly made contact with, Stendel left Barnsley earlier this week and is eyeing a fresh challenge. His experience of gaining promotion from League One could prove appealing.
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3. Mark Robins
The Coventry City manager was approached by Sunderland - but has since decided to snub their interest and sign a new deal with the Sky Blues.
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4. Phil Parkinson
Parkinson, who left Bolton earlier this season, is believed to have thrown his hat in the ring for the vacancy.
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