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Betting suspended on new Sunderland manager

Betting has been suspended with one bookmaker on the new Sunderland manager market just days after it opened when Phil Parkinson got sacked.

Just 24 hours ago we reported on the top six candidates for the job, and it seems the favourite is set to be confirmed as the new Black Cats boss.

That man we’re talking about is Gus Poyet with BetVictor suspending betting, and odds of 1/10 according to Sky Bet with also keen on the job Danny Cowley at 7/1.

Friday’s draw at Fleetwood was a third league game without a win for the Black Cats, leaving them eighth in the League One table.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City boss, 52, replaced Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light in October 2019 and led them to eighth place last season.

Parkinson’s assistant Steve Parkin has also left, with first-team coach Andrew Taylor to take caretaker charge.

This is what bookies favourite Gus Poyet said about Sunderland return. Poyet, who left the Black Cats in 2015, has previously said he’d be open to a return to the Stadium of Light one day.

In recent weeks – prior to Parkinson’s dismissal – he told the ‘Speaking Sunderland’ podcast: “Could I return? Yes, of course,” said Poyet.

“Because there are things that are still possible to change. It’s a different situation, but it’s something that…when you’ve been in a club and you’ve been so close to people and then everyone watches the series ‘Sunderland Til I Die’ and the first thing they do, is they call you and ask you (about it).

“You’ve been there, and it confirmed things you already told them because that’s what ‘Sunderland Til I Die’ does, confirms to people things I told them when I left Sunderland.

“It’s like, you want to go back because it’s typical South American passion, you know, the fans. So, that relationship we made with the fans, even if it didn’t finish in the best way, I am still thinking that it’s possible to do something important there.

“It’s easier when you know how much it (the club) means to the fans, how important it is to the city, so yeah, of course (he would go back).”

Danny Cowley is also keen on the job, however it looks as though he might have just missed out on this occasion.

“Sure. Sunderland are a huge football club with a wonderful history,” he said when asked if he would be interested in the Sunderland job.

“For whatever reason they find themselves in League One but we will just have to wait and see.”

“We love football and of course we miss football.

“We’re some enjoying some time off and it’s been a really good opportunity for us to go away and study.

“We’re continuing to try and improve and we’re working on our pro licence at the moment.

“We’re trying to make the most of this time.”


Senior playing career
1988–1989 – Grenoble – 37 games (8 goals)
1989–1990 – River Plate (Montevideo) – 78 games (28 goals)
1990–1997 – Zaragoza – 239 games (63 goals)
1997–2001 – Chelsea – 105 games (36 goals)
2001–2004 – Tottenham Hotspur – 82 games (18 goals)
Total – 463 games (125 goals)

National team
1993–2000 – Uruguay – 26 games (3 goals)

Teams managed
– Brighton – 10 November 2009 until 23 June 2013 – 194 games, 86 wins, 59 draws, 49 defeats, 44.33 win %
– Sunderland – 8 October 2013 until 16 March 2015 – 75 games, 23 wins, 22 draws, 30 defeats, 30.67 win %
– AEK Athens – 29 October 2015 until 19 April 2016 – 28 games, 18 wins, 5 draws, 5 defeats, 64.29  win %
– Real Betis – 11 May 2016 until 11 November 2016 – 11 games, 3 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 27.27 win %
– Bordeaux – 20 January 2018 until 5 September 2018 – 21 games, 13 wins, 2 draws, 6 defeats, 61.90 win %
Total – 358 153 97 108 42.74 win %

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