Sunderland AFC news: Mazzarri watches Cats, Di Canio eyes return, Danny Graham exit?

Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham
Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham
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A Sunderland manager from the past has been making the headlines today – along with one who has been linked with the job in the future.

It was reported yesterday that former Inter Milan chief Walter Mazzarri is under consideration should the Black Cats look for a new head coach, either during the season or when Dick Advocaat’s contract expires in the summer.

And Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have now claimed he was present at Old Trafford on Saturday to see Sunderland lose 3-0 to Manchester United.

Sunderland have gone through head coaches rapidly in recent years, and one of the men who didn’t last long at the Stadium of Light was Paolo Di Canio.

The Italian has been out of work since, but has emerged as a contender for the vacant Rotherham job.

Could the controversial Di Canio take the Championship job? Full story here.

Elsewhere, it’s transfers that are dominating the headlines – particularly possible departures from the Stadium of Light.

Advocaat is hopeful that the imminent move of Will Buckley to Leeds United will prompt more fringe players to follow him out of the xit door.

Advocaat said: “Hopefully some more will go out. As I’ve said before, I would want to play if I was in that position.”

Out-of-favour Danny Graham could be one of the players moving to the Championship.

Steven Fletcher, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season.