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3 reasons why Sunderland would be making a mistake in appointing former Premier League boss

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Sunderland seem to be wasting no time in trying to find a new manager, after they confirmed that they had parted ways with Jack Ross on Tuesday. 

TEAMtalk have reported that the likes of Mark Robins and Daniel Stendel are being considered for the vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

According to the Northern Echo, former England boss Steve McClaren has contacted Sunderland about potentially becoming their new boss this season.

McClaren has been out of work since April, where his spell with QPR came to an end after a poor run of results saw him dismissed from the managerial post at Loftus Road.

But he’s seemingly keen to get back into work as soon as possible, although it remains to be seen as to whether Sunderland are keen to have him on board as Ross’ successor.

We look at THREE reasons why McClaren wouldn’t be a good appointment for Sunderland.

Sunderland need someone who knows League One football 

League One isn’t the toughest of divisions to get out of, and Sunderland supporters will know that better than most.

The Black Cats were expected to win promotion back into the Championship last season, but they were beaten by Charlton Athletic in the play-off final at Wembley.

Sunderland would be wise to go with a manager that have won promotions from League One in the past, as a club of their stature can’t afford to be languishing in League One for another season.

McClaren wouldn’t be popular with the Sunderland supporters

McClaren was in charge of Sunderland’s local rivals Newcastle United earlier in his career, which immediately wouldn’t make him the most popular appointment the club has had in recent years.

That’s not to say that McClaren couldn’t prove to be a success at the Stadium of Light, but he’d be under pressure to produce positive results from the very first game in charge.

The Sunderland supporters are a passionate group, and it would be difficult for them to get behind a manager that has had history with their fiercest of rivals in the past.

There are better options out there for the Black Cats

As previously mentioned, the likes of Daniel Stendel and Mark Robins are being lined up as potential options for Sunderland heading into the international break.

They know what it takes to perform to a high standard in League One, and Stendel in particular should be one of their top targets ahead of McClaren, who doesn’t have any experience of managing at this level.

Stendel won promotion to the Championship in his first season in charge of Barnsley, and with Wigan’s Paul Cook also being targeted according to TEAMtalk, so it shows that they’re keen to appoint a manager who knows how to get the best out of a team in the third tier of English football.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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