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Sunderland dealt blow in pursuit of maverick target

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Sunderland managerial target Anthony Hudson has told the American press that he wishes to remain at Colorado Rapids, The Sunderland Echo is reporting.

Hudson was one of a number of names on Sunderland’s managerial shortlist and was a surprise target.

The Black Cats are looking for a new manager ahead of their League One campaign after both Simon Grayson and Chris Coleman were sacked by the club last year.

Sunderland finished bottom of the pile in the Championship last year, suffering back-to-back relegations and ending up in the third tier.

As well as Hudson, the likes of Chris Wilder and Michael Appleton have been linked with the vacant post at The Stadium of Light.

But Hudson has ruled himself out of the running for the job.

Hudson told the press in the United States: “My life right now is the Colorado Rapids. “I am just dying to get this team to where we want it to be. I want to be here for a long time. I want to build something special here.”

The 37-year-old has previously spent time as a player in England, at West Ham United and Luton Town’s academies, as well as a short stint as Newport County boss.

His other managerial experience saw him coach both the Bahrain and New Zealand national teams before moving to Colorado last year.

The Verdict

Hudson would have been a maverick choice: either paying off instantly and firing the Black Cats to promotion or failing miserably.

He is a young, highly-rated coach with plenty of experience now, seven years on from his poor spell at Newport.

But now that he is out of the running, it is time for Sunderland to assess other candidates: Mick McCarthy would be my preference if he is available.

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NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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