Report: Sunderland satisfied with Bernd Schuster, will hold contract talks next week

Schuster has been linked with Sunderland, and it looks as if he is close to taking the job.

The Sun claimed that the Black Cats were keen on hiring the former German international midfielder, and a new report in TMW has outlined Sunderland’s stance on a potential appointment.

It is claimed that the 55-year-old, who has been out-of-work this season having left Malaga in 2014, held discussions with a Sunderland delegate earlier this week. These talks are said to have progressed well, as the German boss suggested four or five potential signings, as well as staff appointments he would like to make.

These are said to be essential considerations before Schuster would decide whether to take the job, and it appears as if Sunderland have accepted the demands, with both parties reported to have ‘expressed mutual satisfaction' at his appointment.

There is set to be another meeting in England next week to discuss contract terms and ‘draw conclusion’ to the deal, with Schuster expected to be hired on a three-year contract.

A big name in world football, Schuster was a tremendous player, winning a wealth of silverware with Barcelona, Real Madrid and the West German national team.

His managerial career has not been as successful as his playing career, winning the Copa del Rey with Getafe in 2007, as well as La Liga and the Supercopa de Espana in 2008 with Real Madrid.

He has totalled nine managerial jobs in all, with a respectable win percentage of 44.15%, and an impressive 721 goals scored in 487 games, showing off his desire for attacking football.

It is certainly a left-field appointment for Sunderland to make, with Schuster doing little of note in the last few years to warrant a Premier League job. However, he has a desire to coach in England, and it appears as if the hiring the German boss is set to be completed in the coming weeks.

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