Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunderland Have Eventually Decided to Interview for Manager's Role; BUT DON'T EXPECT DECISION ON WHO WILL TAKE THE REINS TO TO BE MADE QUICKLY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sunderland Have Eventually Decided to Interview for Manager's Role; BUT DON'T EXPECT DECISION ON WHO WILL TAKE THE REINS TO TO BE MADE QUICKLY

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @StuRayner

SUNDERLAND have begun interviewing potential managers but even 14 days after the sacking of Simon Grayson, they are determined to take their time.

Robbie Stockdale took training yesterday after his fellow caretaker manager Billy McKinlay left to link up with David Moyes at West Ham United the previous evening.

The Black Cats' next game is at home to Millwall on Saturday, and if no permanent manager were in charge by then, it would make a mockery of dispensing with Grayson in the run-up to the international break.

When Grayson was sacked a quarter-of-an-hour after a 3-3 draw with Bolton Wanderers, it suggested the Black Cats must already have someone in mind. With the Championship days from a fortnight's break, it seemed an inopportune time to strike if not.

Grayson's dismissal contrasted greatly with West Ham's approach to the lay-off. Slaven Bilic, had been on borrowed time for what seemed an eternity but almost as soon as he was shown the door, former Sunderland manager Moyes was appointed. On Sunday Moyes chose McKinlay, Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine as his joint assistants.

With the prospect of back-to-back relegations very real, the bottom-ofthe-Championship Black Cats are determined to make the process as thorough as possible to ensure they get the right man.

By the same token, the interviewees will no doubt want to do their homework too.

Although Harry Redknapp and Phil Neville have both spoken favourably about the club and the job, others within the managerial and punditry fraternity have described Sunderland as a "basketcase" club.

Moyes last week admitted it was the only managerial post he has not enjoyed.

He felt he had been misled over his January budget and resigned at the end of the season, unconvinced he could make a success of the job given what he had to work with. …

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