Former Sunderland star Dwight Yorke insists Sunderland is a ‘wonderful’ club to manage - and can’t understand why there has been a lack of interest in the job.
Dick Advocaat resigned as head coach at the weekend, prompting a fresh search for his replacement.
Sean Dyche and David Moyes, among those tipped for the post, have appeared to rule themselves out of the running, while bookies’ favourite Sam Allardyce is also reported to have expressed concerns.
Yorke, who played for Sunderland between 2006 and 2009 under Roy Keane, says he’s ‘amazed’ managers don’t appear to want the role
“I don’t see why these managers don’t want such a job,” he said.
“It’s a very difficult job, we know that, but these guys have a wealth of experience and it’s a way of getting back into the Premier League as well.
“The season is still relatively early and they can turn things around. There’s very decent players at Sunderland, there’s just a lack of belief.
“You look through the Premier League and Sunderland is not in the worst possible situation. OK, they haven’t won any games for a period of time and they’ve escaped relegation the last previous seasons and have changed managers, but there must be a mentality thing.
“I’ve played for that football club, taking them from the Championship to the Premier League under Roy Keane and it’s a fantastic club to be playing your football at.
“Of course every manager would want a top Premier League team but that’s not the case and Sunderland is a wonderful club to be a manager at. If you get things right there the support is immense.
“The reality is that it’s a fantastic job and I can’t see why managers don’t want to take it.”