Grayson Out – Who next for Sunderland?

Grayson Out – Who next for Sunderland?

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After Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at home to Bolton, Sunderland parted company with Simon Grayson. Sunderland appointed Grayson as manager in June however a poor record of only one win from 15 games, saw his short-lived Sunderland managerial career come to and end. The sacking came just 24 hours after Grayson claimed he was the right man for the job and deserved a chance to put things right after having “the balls” to take the role in the first place. Sunderland are currently 22nd in the Championship and have not won in the league since August. The club posseses a dreadful home record in which the Black Cats have not registered three points at the Stadium of Light since December 2016. The club are yet to confirm who will take temporary charge of the team in a short-term capacity, however two names being linked with the position are Robbie Stockdale and Billy McKinlay. With a sense of uncertainty surrounding the club, we have looked at a couple of early candidates and picked out a few picks who could be a good shout for Sunderland.

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Disgruntled Sunderland fans after another home defeat.

Paul Lambert ( 16/1 @ SkyBet)

After three seasons at Aston Villa, Paul Lambert has struggled to find a club with stability. In 2015, Lambert was appointed manager of Blackburn, a club which pre Lambert’s appointment had been through several managers in a short space of time. After a relatively successful spell in charge at Rovers, Lambert left his role at the end of the 2015/16 season citing the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market as his reason for leaving. Next for Lambert was Wolves, rivals of his previous club Aston Villa. It was another short stay for Lambert as in May 2017, Wolves announced that they had decided to part company with the Scotsman. Could Lambert be the man for Sunderland? The 48-year old has plenty of Championship experience and if Sunderland provide him with time, Lambert could be a wise option to provide some stability to a current sinking ship.

Nigel Pearson (6/1 @ SkyBet)

The former Leicester manager is currently in management at second tier Belgian side OH Leuven where he has been since September. Pearson has a proven track record of getting results in the Championship, leading Leicester to the title in 2014. Pearson managed to keep Leicester in the Premier League in his next season, a year which was filled with controversy. After going on an unprecedented winning run of seven games from their last nine, Pearson completed the great escape with Leicester. Regardless of the success, Pearson was sacked as manager. With Sunderland now looming at the foot of the Championship, Nigel Pearson could potentially transform Sunderland into a side challenging for promotion back to the Premier League.

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