After Jack Ross had his contract terminated by Sunderland last night, we’ve taken a look at who are favourites for the job at the Stadium of Light.
They currently sit 6th place in the League One table, but are already below their target of the automatic promotion zone and eight points behind leaders Ipswich Town.
Take a look at who are the top six favourites below and on the next page.
6) SAM ALLARDYCE
Sam Allardyce has allegedly revealed that Sunderland are the club he wants to return to management with according to reports and that he has ‘one more top project in him’.
He is said to be open to taking up the role with the club he managed back in 2015-16 but also played for back in 1980 and 1981. His backroom staff are also said to be ready to join him.
Sam Allardyce had two spells with Sunderland, one as a player between 1980 – 1981 and another as manager between 2005 – 2006. His record last time with the Black Cats was G31, W9, D9, L13.
His other managerial jobs includes Limerick (player-manager, won League of Ireland First Division 1991/92), Preston (caretaker), Blackpool, Notts County (won Third Division 1997/98), Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham (won Championship playoffs 2012), Bolton, Crystal Palace and most recently Everton.
Current odds on Sky Bet: 8/1
5) GARY ROWETT
Gary Rowett is currently without a job after he was sacked by Stoke City in January last season after failing to mount a promotion challenge, instead took them to 14th before he then departed.
As well as the Potters, the former footballer has previously managed Derby County, Burton Albion and Birmingham City.
Rowett dodged a question from Colin Murray on EFL on Quest about being included on the bookies’ shortlist for the new vacancy at Huddersfield Town, though expressed he’s waiting to find the right club where he can have a lengthly stay at.
He said back in April: “It’s a difficult one in football because sometimes you can get back in pretty quick but it’s not necessarily the right kind of job.
“We’re not going to sit here and be really picky. I’ve worked in League Two and I’ve got no qualms about what level I work at but we’ve been in the Championship for a good few years and had some different types of success, depending on how you define success.
“You end up waiting for what you feel is the right opportunity. You could get that in a month, you could get it in a year.
“I found it difficult after leaving Birmingham and almost waiting for the right chance to come along. It’s a real weird feeling. In most lines of business you can be working the next day and earning money but in football you’re waiting for the right type of one when you can have success.
“We’ve also got a really good team that we’ve built up over a period of time and you want the right type of opportunity when you can take the vast majority of the team. It’s no good me getting a job tomorrow when I can’t take the guys with me.
“I know the guys understand the scenarios but you want us all to go to have the best chance of doing well. It’s so important to have the right alignment with your staff. If you don’t have that it makes it 20 times more difficult.
“It’s the coaching, the analysis, the recruitment, the physical side, the sports science side, the performance side… they have to all be aligned to how you want to play.”
Current odds on Sky Bet: 8/1
4) MICK HARFORD
Mick Harford is a former Luton Town caretaker, he won League One with in the 2018/19 season after Nathan Jones left for Stoke City.
He has also been caretaker with QPR and Nottingham Forest and a permanent manager with Rotherham and Luton (won the Football League Trophy with in 2009).
As caretaker of the Hatters between January 2019 and May 2019, his record read G21, W12, D7, L2.
Harford’s former clubs whilst a player before his managing days are Lincoln, Newcastle, Bristol City, Birmingham, Luton, Derby, Chelsea, Sunderland, Coventry and Wimbledon.
Current odds on Sky Bet: 7/1
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