Sunderland are on the lookout for a new manager after Dick Advocaat turned down their job offer.
Sunderland are on the lookout for a manager with plenty of experience, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.
The Black Cats need to find someone to takeover from Dick Advocaat, after the Dutchman turned down their contract offer to stay at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland had wanted Advocaat to be their long-term manager after seeing him guide them to Premier League safety this season, but the 67-year-old rejected their advances.
Advocaat felt that the time was right to call time his managerial career, and that decision means that Sunderland find themselves having to look elsewhere.
The Black Cats are said to be interested in a number of targets, but they were so impressed by Advocaat's brief time in charge that they want to find a boss with similar credentials.
The Wearsiders, therefore, are no longer interested in appointing an up-and-coming talent and instead are on the lookout for someone with a proven track record of success.
It leaves their search up in the air and Sunderland will have to move quickly if they are to get one of their first choice targets - as so many clubs across Europe are looking to appoint new managers.