Former Scotland and Rangers manager advising Sunderland on managerial search

Smith is advising Bain in an unofficial capacity
Smith is advising Bain in an unofficial capacity
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Former Rangers manager Walter Smith is advising Martin Bain in an unofficial capacity as the club begins it search for a new manager.

Chairman Ellis Short promised a 'period of reflection' following Moyes departure on Monday and an appointment is not expected to be imminent.

Bain and Smith worked closely together at Rangers, where Bain was Chief Executive from 2005 to 2011 before being suspended by controversial owner Craig Whyte. Smith was manager of the club between 2007-11, his second stint as manager.

Reports have suggested that the pair are impressed by Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, who has lead to Scottish outfit to a second place finish ahead of Rangers this season.

His only spell south of the border, at Bristol City, lasted just over a year and he left the club eight points adrift of Championship safety, despite securing their status with an eight game unbeaten run the previous campaign.

Reports have also suggested that David Moyes will offer his advice on a potential successor.