Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Seasoned Boss Looks Favourite; SEaSoNED MaNaGER Favourite

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Seasoned Boss Looks Favourite; SEaSoNED MaNaGER Favourite

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Byline: James Hunter

SUNDERLAND are leaning towards an experienced manager as they look to fill the vacancy on Wearside.

Chief executive Martin Bain is leading the hunt for a successor to David Moyes, and he has brought on board his friend and former Rangers, Everton and Scotland manager Walter Smith to offer advice.

A series of names have been linked with the role, ranging from experienced managers such as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, Wolves' Paul Lambert and Garry Monk - who this week resigned from his post at Leeds United - to popular former players such as Kevin Phillips and Stefan Schwarz.

The latter duo have no managerial track record but may be able to galvanise disillusioned supporters in much the same way as the appointment of Roy Keane 11 years ago.

But given the circumstances of Sunderland's relegation, and the lack of money available to finance a rebuilding project this summer, it is thought that experience features high on the list of criteria that Bain has drawn up for the new appointment. …

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