Sunderland are ready to offer Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom a £750,000-a-year package plus bonuses to become their new boss, according to reports in The Sun.
The 40-year-old has been strongly linked with the Wearsiders as they look to fill the vacant managerial role last occupied by Simon Grayson, who was sacked last month following an abysmal start to the season.
Heckingbottom led Barnsley to promotion from League One in 2016, as well as lifting the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and is regarded as one the best young managers in the English game.
The huge pay packet could be enough to tempt Heckingbottom away from Oakwell, although the manager does have a strong affinity with the club, having been born in the city.
The Black Cats lie bottom of the table having picked up just one win in their opening sixteen games, and the threat of successive relegations is a real possibility.
For a club claiming to have no money, the package on offer at Sunderland is seriously substantial.
It would take a lot for Heckingbottom to turn down such an astronomical offer, which will be a massive increase on his current pay packet with the Tykes.
However, in his situation it isn’t all about the money, and Heckingbottom will think very carefully about heading to the sinking ship that is Sunderland Football Club.
Only time will tell if this deal is to be concluded, but the fees being touted are extremely hard to ignore.
Sunderland fans, is Heckingbottom the right man for the job? Barnsley fans, what is your opinion on the potential deal? We’d love to hear your opinions below…