TEAMtalk can reveal Sunderland have drawn up a four-man shortlist to replace Chris Coleman.
Coleman was “released from his contract” as Sunderland manager on Sunday, while owner Ellis Short confirmed he had agreed a deal to sell the club.
It was a huge double strike from the BlackCats, who were relegated into League One last month – their second straight relegation.
Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain has claimed “being sold would be a game-changer” and that “it won’t take a lot to make this club great again” and the club are working hard on finding Coleman’s successor.
Stewart Donald, who is heading up an international consortium who will take over the club, is the man leading the hunt for Sunderland’s new boss
We can reveal that Sunderland’s managerial shortlist as it stands is Leicester assistant manager Michael Appleton, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, Wigan manager Paul Cook and 37-year-old Colorado Rapids manager Anthony Hudson.
Appleton is also believed to be in the frame for the West Brom job after he was given a job by Claude Puel at Leicester early this season.
Sheffield United fan Wilder is believed to be in dispute with the Blades owners and he could become available, while Cook has seen Wiagn to promotion to the Championship just 12 months after guiding Portsmouth to promotion from League Two.
Dwight Yorke is also believed to be willing to put his hat into the ring for the job after applying for the post that Coleman was appointed into last time.
“I have tried to get it before. I got a call back and it was like a courtesy call saying we got your CV but they went for Chris.
“I can’t knock the appointment of Chris because of what he had done with Wales but I still believe for all of the experience of what he has done, he had 25 games to turn that football club around.
“I love that job. If I was to get that job in Division One and I don’t get them promoted I shouldn’t be at the football club.
“I am prepared to take that risk, a risk I feel I can overcome. I just need to be given a chance to bring in the people around me to work with the football club.”