Report: Redknapp makes Sunderland intentions clear, Nigel Pearson interested

Sunderland are searching for a successor to Dick Advocaat.

According to The Sun, Harry Redknapp and Burnley boss Sean Dyche don't plan to take over at Sunderland - though Nigel Pearson could be in the running.

The Black Cats are searching for a new manager yet again, with Dutchman Dick Advocaat stepping down on Sunday afternoon following a winless start to the Premier League season.

68-year-old Advocaat left his position after a 2-2 draw with West Ham, and Sunderland now have time over the international break to make an appointment, with some big names already mentioned as potential successors.

The Sun report that owner Ellis Short has a strong relationship with former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, but the veteran manager is unlikely to take the role at this time, with the report stating that Redknapp has no plans to meet for talks over the role.

It's also added that Burnley boss Sean Dyche is no longer interested in the position despite almost becoming Sunderland manager over the summer, with the 44-year-old now likely to stay and push Burnley back towards the Premier League once again.

However, Nigel Pearson is allegedly interested in the role. The 52-year-old was surprisingly replaced by Leicester City over the summer, but his controversial style is often deemed as confrontational - something Sunderland fans may not be too keen on right now.

A former Middlesbrough defender and Newcastle caretaker boss, Pearson knows the North East well - and given his interest in the Sunderland job, Short should at least speak to Pearson about replacing Advocaat as manager.

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