SWANSEA boss Garry Monk has emerged as the latest name to be linked with the long-term Sunderland manager’s position.
Current Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is not expected to remain at the Stadium of Light beyond the end of the season after penning a two-month deal to succeed Gus Poyet.
As the Echo reported immediately after Poyet’s sacking, Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement is thought to be the leading contender to take the job in the summer after working alongside Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton in the summer.
But there have been reports that Monk, who has another two years to run on his Swansea contract, is also a name that is interesting Sunderland.
West Ham - expected to lose Sam Allardyce at the end of his contract in the summer - are mooted to be the keenest suitors for Monk, who has steered Swansea to their joint highest total of Premier League points this season.
However, Clement is thought to have been on Sunderland’s radar for several months and is expected to leave Real Madrid, along with manager Carlo Ancelotti, in the summer.
Clement’s capture is likely to depend on Sunderland’s Premier League survival though, with the Black Cats not the only admirers of the 43-year-old.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short confirmed earlier this month that the club would make a decision on the manager’s position in the summer, with Advocaat expected to return to his native Holland.
Short said: “In the summer, we will carefully consider the next steps, but for the present time our sole focus must be the next eight (now six) games, in which we will fight as hard as we can.”