Sky Sports pundit: Why Derby boss would be great for Sunderland

Steve McClaren

Sunderland fan and Sky Sports man David Jones has expressed his desire to see Steve McClaren in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland fan David Jones, who works for Sky Sports, has told the Sunderland Echo why Steve McClaren would be a great appointment as manager.

The Black Cats will look to appoint a new manager in the summer, and temporary boss Dick Advocaat could play a vital role in who would be interested in the job.

If he keeps them in the Premier League, the 67-year-old may be tempted to take the job on a permanent basis, although the Wearside club could realistically target the likes of Sam Allardyce and Paul Clement, who have been linked to the role, as per the Echo.

However, if the Black Cats are relegated to the Championship, it is unlikely that two such high profile coaches would want to drop to the second tier. That limits the potential pool of managers around, and would likely require the club to look below them for a new up-and-coming boss.

There are some respected coaches in the Championship, who may wish to take the job if presented with the opportunity, and one such man is Steve McClaren. The current Derby boss is another to be linked as a long-term successor to Advocaat, as per the Guardian, and Sky Sports pundit David Jones has explained why he would be a fantastic choice to take charge on Wearside.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Jones said: “An astute coach, equipped with experience of European football, hardened by his time as an international manager, and familiar with the particular demands of north east football fans.”

However, with the Rams a high-profile club in their own right, and promotion to the top flight still a possibility, McClaren looks an unlikely candidate to take over at the Stadium of Light.

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