Who takes over at Sunderland? The verdict on the early favourites to be the next Black Cats boss

Phillips is the early favourite to make a return
Phillips is the early favourite to make a return
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Sunderland will again be on the look out for a new manager after David Moyes resigned on Monday morning.

Moyes had become the first manager since Steve Bruce to complete a full season in charge of the Black Cats but had resigned within a matter of hours of the final whistle.

Attention now turns to who will be the next manager to try and turn Sunderland around will be. Here, we take a look at the early runners and riders with the bookies...

Kevin Phillips 3/1

The Sunderland legend is the early favourite and has already been backed for the job by former Black Cats team-mate Micky Gray on TalkSport.

Would be a popular appointment in terms of his glittering past with the club but would represent a spectacular gamble with no managerial experience whatsoever. May be open to moving on from Derby County after Gary Rowett brought a number of his own backroom staff to the club on his arrival.

A Phillips return would be welcomed and would add good knowledge of the club behind the scenes but might it be better, if he is to arrive, to do so as part of a revamped backroom staff rather than as the main man?

Aitor Karanka 9/2

One to watch.

Would not cost the club having left Middlesbrough earlier this year and with his family still settled in the North East, would likely be interested in the post.

Concerns over temperament and style of play would make this an underwhelming appointment among fans but his Championship record, excellent over a period of two years at Middlesbrough, may tempt Ellis Short.

He would certainly make Sunderland tougher to beat and has proven to have a strong contacts book when it comes to recruiting players.

Nigel Pearson 5/1

Would in all likelihood jump at the chance, like Karanka he appeared recently on Goals on Sunday to talk up a return to the game.

His reputation as a supreme navigator of Championship waters makes him an attractive option to clubs in the second tier but his recent spell at Derby County was nothing short of a disaster.

Pearson would presumably prefer the Middlesbrough job but if Steve Gibson goes for a younger, up and coming candidate as rumoured he may well stay on the market.

For Sunderland, however, the time has surely come to look past appointments like this based on reputation and distant successes.

Ryan Giggs 7/1

Like Pearson, Giggs has been heavily linked with the Middlesbrough post but that link has considerably cooled in recent days.

Giggs is said to want to wait for a Premier League opportunity but he surely knows that is unlikely to materialise any time soon, damaged by his failure to land the Swansea City job ahead of Bob Bradley.

Would bring stardust, a strong contact book and a desire for attacking football, but would be a big risk and is unproven.

Garry Monk 8/1

An early gauge of the temperature among the Sunderland support would suggest Monk is the favourite.

Has done sterling work at Leeds this season, rebuilding a collapsing club and reinforcing the sense that he was sacked too soon at Swansea City.

Yet to exercise an extension to Leeds deal, Sunderland's biggest challenge would be to attract him to Wearside ahead of other interested clubs. In terms of style of play, hunger and experience, however, he ticks a lot of boxes.

Kevin Ball 10/1

Is drifting in the market after being one of the early favourites.

Would certainly be backed after a long and proud association with the club but the sense is that the time has passed for him to take on the biggest job.

Alan Pardew 11/1

A non-starter surely.

The gap between fans and club has grown significantly this season, not helped by the demeanor of the man in the dug-out.

This for many would all but sever it.

David Wagner 14/1

Given that Wagner has already turned down numerous approaches from Bundesliga giants, it seems fanciful that Sunderland could tempt him away from his Huddersfield project.

Should the Terriers win the play-off final, they will have no chance.

His name will appeal however because of his dynamic playing style, ebullient personality, superb use of the loan and permanent transfer market and the way he has united his club.

If not him then someone of his ilk is surely where the Black Cats have to turn next.

Slavisa Jokanovic 18/1

Another who would be a very popular choice with Sunderland fans, having lifted Watford out of the Championship and blown away neutral observers at Fulham this season with some of the best attacking football on offer.

Is said to have a break clause in his Fulham contract and knows Martin Bain from when the pair were together at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Whether he can be tempted away from a flourishing project is another matter, particularly as he is known to have a real affection for London.

The best of the rest:

Alex Neil 14/1

Claudio Ranieri 14/1

Derek McInnes 16/1

Roy Keane 18/1

John O'Shea 22/1

Nigel Clough 25/1

Jaap Stam 25/1

Martin Jol 25/1