Nigel Clough has revealed that he was contacted about the Sunderland vacancy before they appointed Phil Parkinson.
The Black Cats moved to secure the former Bolton Wanderers boss following their decision to dismiss Jack Ross as manager following a slow start to the season.
But while Parkinson was the first choice, the Wearsiders carried out an extensive search to ensure that they secured the correct man for the job.
One of the men supposed on that list was the Burton Albion manager, Nigel Clough.
The 53-year-old was born in Sunderland and after impressing during his career to date with the Brewers, he was always going to attract interest from more reputable clubs.
Speaking to the Totally Football Show, Clough spoke of Sunderland’s inquiry and said that he’d be open to making away from Burton if it was the right opportunity.
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He said: “I’m not actively seeking [a new job], but if one comes up, and the chairman [Ben Robinson] said all along he wouldn’t stand in our way.
“He’s been brilliant over the years like that. But it’s got to be a reasonable job to tempt us away from here, because we work with one of the best chairmen in the country and we’re allowed to get on and do our jobs and manage.
“I think Sunderland made an inquiry when that vacancy came up a few months ago, but that didn’t go anywhere in the end and they got Phil Parkinson in. So it would take, I think, a situation like that.
“I think it would take other clubs maybe to recognise the situation in which we work here, which is tough, with the financial restrictions.”
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Nigel Clough’s admission of Sunderland’s interest is hardly a surprise.
The Black Cats carried out an extensive search for their new manager following the dismissal of Jack Ross, and that included assessing their options within League One and League Two.
Clough has done an excellent job with Burton Albion, but the club obviously decided that Phil Parkinson was the best candidate for the job.
The former Bolton boss has certainly justified that decision, so Sunderland fans can be happy with the decision that was made.