Former USA coach Bob Bradley has emerged as a shock contender for the Sunderland job, should chairman Ellis Short fail to land his number one target.
Despite a host of names being thrown into the frame, it is thought that former Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is still Short’s first choice.
However, landing Allardyce may be easier said than done despite the fact he is out of work after leaving West Ham at the end of last season.
Allardyce has said he is in no rush to return to management and when he does it has to be the right club and not one struggling in the Premier League.
Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson also remains a contender along with the likes of Burnley boss Sean Dyche – but now Bradley has emerged as a shock candidate.
Bradley became the first American to manage in Europe when he took charge of Norwegian outfit Stabaek, where he has worked wonders.
Bradley has transformed them into title contenders just two years after gaining promotion to the country’s top flight and reports claim he has now set his sights on the Black Cats’ job.
The appointment of Bradley may not be a popular one with the Sunderland faithful, but it looks as though Short is weighing up all options and could turn to his countryman should Allardyce knock an offer back.
Sunderland are currently 1.25 to be relegated from the Premier League this season.