Report: Sunderland identity Paul Clement as main candidate for head coach role, willing to open talks

Sunderland have outlined the former Chelsea coach as their prime target for the managerial role.

Dick Advocaat is currently in charge at the Stadium of Light until the end of this season, and a report in the Northern Echo has claimed that they have already targeted their preferred replacement.

Paul Clement has yet to entertain a full head coaches role in his short career, but the 43-year-old has a wealth of experience in England and with Europe’s biggest clubs.

Currently an assistant coach with Carlo Ancelotti, the former Fulham and Ireland coach has followed the Italian legend from Chelsea to PSG, and is currently working alongside him at Real Madrid.

However, the report indicates that Clement has told his close friends that he is keen on a return to the Premier League next season, opening the door for Sunderland to approach him.

Sporting director Lee Congerton worked alongside Clement at Chelsea, and he is ready to open talks with the coach, as it has been brought to his attention that Clement is willing to start discussions in the coming weeks.

It is reported that Clement favours a return to the Premier League, and with Sunderland’s top flight status still in a precarious position that may influence the coach’s decision. However, the report does not suggest that he will rule out the club simply due to a potential relegation, and it would be no surprise to see discussions start in the next few days.

It is also stated that current head coach Advocaat will be considered for a permanent role, although Congerton is looking for a long-term solution to Sunderland’s problems.

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