According to a report from The Sun, Paul Cook is interested in becoming Sunderland’s next manager, while Phil Parkinson is set to hold talks with the Black Cats about the job.
Sunderland parted company with Jack Ross this month after the Scot spent just over a year at the Stadium of Light.
The international break has provided Stewart Donald with a bit of breathing space as the club search for his replacement.
The Sun reports that the Black Cats plan to hold talks with former Bolton boss Parkinson this weekend, while there are also a number of other candidates in the frame.
Wigan chief Cook is interested in the job, according to The Sun, while the club also have Nigel Pearson on their radar. The report notes that Kevin Phillips could come in as Pearson’s assistant if the Englishman takes the role.
The calibre of the coaches linked with the post highlights the appeal of taking charge of Sunderland. Pearson has managed in the Premier League, while he has also led his teams to the League One and Championship title.
Cook meanwhile, would be dropping down a division if he took the job. He also has a League One title on his CV.
Parkinson has been promoted from the third tier on two occasions, while he famously led Bradford City to the League Cup final during his time at Valley Parade.
And with plenty of time left in the season and Sunderland just four points off the top two, you would imagine that any of the club’s reported targets would be more than capable of adding another promotion to their record this season should they get the job.