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The hunt for a new manager at Sunderland is fully underway, with a host of managers both in and out of work being considered or throwing their hat into the ring.
One high profile out-of-work manager to put himself forward is former England manager Steve McClaren, who has experience of managing in the North-East, having already taken the helm at both Newcastle United and Middlesbrough, it is reported in the Northern Echo.
So would the 58-year-old be a good choice to take over at Sunderland?
“Absolutely not. Sunderland fans would hate this, surely?
“McClaren’s managerial career has declined some distance from his Premier League and international days, and he isn’t what Sunderland need at this moment in time.
“There’s a need for someone with experience to replace Ross, and by that, I mean someone with the experience of delivering a promotion to the Championship.
“Daniel Stendel is the obvious candidate.”
“I’m not surprised.
“McClaren is a manager that likes to be involved in the game as much as possible and it is clear that he wants to get back into the job once again.
“However, I do think it’d be a risk just because it’s been a while since he’s been in a job where he’s done well.
“QPR went sour and I think there is better out there for the Black Cats.”
“The fact that he’s managed at Newcastle – no matter how badly – and even Middlesbrough doesn’t exactly bode well either for the former England man.”
“This would be a very interesting appointment if it were to happen. Obviously he has managed both Middlesbrough and Newcastle in the past, so might not go down well with the Black Cats supporters.
“He needs a job that can reignite his managerial career, and this could be it. The experience that he’s had in the past means he wouldn’t be a bad choice for club, however, I don’t think the supporters would be inspired by it nor would the players.
“There are better options out there, and if Sunderland can’t bring one of them in, they may look to McClaren, but I’d be very surprised to see him become manager of Sunderland, and have a feeling if he did that it wouldn’t work out.”