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Premier League man emerges as Sunderland manager target while 36-year-old declares interest



Sunderland’s manager hunt is ongoing with several new names appearing on their shortlist.

According to local media outlet The Sunderland Echo, Gary Caldwell has confirmed his interest in the role while Leicester City’s Michael Appleton is one of a number of new targets mentioned.

Caldwell, 36, is out of a job having failed in his last role at Chesterfield.

The former Newcastle United defender was appointed in January 2017 but was unable to prevent the club from suffering relegation to League One and he was then sacked after a poor start to life in League Two.

Caldwell previously won promotion to the Championship with Wigan Athletic before struggling to cope with the demands of the second tier and losing his job.

Appleton is another candidate for the job.

The former Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United manager is currently the assistant manager to Claude Puel at Leicester in the Premier League but he is a strong contender for the vacant job at the Stadium of Light.

Wigan’s Paul Cook and Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder have also been mentioned, although it is unclear whether they would leave a job in the Championship to join Sunderland in League One.

Mick McCarthy, Gary Bowyer and Kevin Phillips are three other potential replacements for Chris Coleman, who was sacked last week.

The Verdict

Since winning promotion with Wigan in 2016, Caldwell’s managerial career has gone significantly downhill. His failure at Chesterfield indicates that perhaps he is not ready to take such a big job and Sunderland would be better off looking elsewhere. Appleton could be a good option, considering that the 42-year-old is young and is highly regarded for his coaching skills.

Sunderland fans – Would you like any of these candidates to take the manager job? Let us know below…

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