Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blades Boss in Running to Lead the Black Cats? Free Agent McCarthy Spotted in North East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blades Boss in Running to Lead the Black Cats? Free Agent McCarthy Spotted in North East

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER SAFC Writer james.hunter@ncjmedia.co.uk

UNSETTLED Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is being touted as a contender for the vacant postion at Sunderland.

Wilder is understood to have spoken to Sunderland about taking over last summer but at that stage - with Ellis Short in control on Wearside and a miniscule transfer budget to work with - he opted to remain at Bramall Lane, having steered the club he supports to promotion from League One as champions in his first season in charge.

However, Sunderland are in the process of being taken over by a consortium led by Oxfordshire-based businessman Stewart Donald, who knows ex-Oxford United boss Wilder through his association with the club as a U's fan, former sponsor and current investor.

With a boardroom feud between United's co-owners HRH Prince Abdullah bin Musa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Kevin McCabe, Wilder publicly called his future with the Blades into question at the weekend.

With Chris Coleman having been sacked by Sunderland in preparation for the takeover announcement, Wilder - whose Blades team challenged for a play-off place for most of this season before falling just short - has since emerged as one of the bookies' favourites for the role.

"If it stays the same I don't think anybody would be surprised if I didn't question where my career is going," Wilder said of his position at Sheffield United on Saturday.

"I want to progress my career, the careers of the staff and the players and, most importantly, give the supporters hope we can have a genuine football club.

"A club with a strategy and a plan to move forward.

"I want to lead it but I need a bit of help.

"I am the only voice which comes out at the moment."

Sunderland announced Coleman had been 'released from his contract' - or sacked - on Sunday lunchtime, minutes before revealing owner Ellis Short had agreed to sell the club to a consortium led by Eastleigh FC chairman Donald.

It is understood Coleman's departure was a condition set by the new owners and the former Wales boss - who was keen to stay on and even offered on Friday to take a pay cut - was said to be 'devastated' when given the news. …

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