Sunderland will consider replacing Phil Parkinson with Nigel Pearson, if those looking to purchase the club can agree a deal.
There has been plenty of off-field speculation surrounding the Black Cats in recent weeks, with owner Stewart Donald looking to find backers to take a majority share.
Initial reports suggested Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus were at an advanced stage in negotiations with Donald, whilst it was revealed yesterday that American businessman Matthew Pauls is also interested.
Sartori and Louis-Dreyfus are said to be further down the line, and the Sun (22 November, page 61), claimed that Pearson could be in line to replace Parkinson if all goes through.
They state that Sunderland’s recent struggles in League One, with the side currently outside the play-off places, are not acceptable, meaning Parkinson could be in line for the sack.
Bringing Pearson, who last managed in the Premier League with Watford, would be a real coup considering how well he has done in the top two divisions over the years.
The report also adds that he would bring former Sunderland favourite Kevin Phillips in as his assistant manager.
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This would be fantastic news for Sunderland as Pearson is a proven manager and would normally be considered far too good for a League One club.
However, the size and potential of the Wearside outfit means you can’t rule this one out.
The only downside is that it needs a lot to fall into place, and we know how complicated takeovers can be. As for Parkinson, he can have few complaints if he was dismissed, as Sunderland should be picking up more points and performing better than they are.
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