Former Sunderland midfielder Eric Roy says it would be a dream to manage club

Sunderland Stadium of Light

The former Nice boss is still a big fan of the club.

Sunderland are currently on a string of difficult seasons. The club have been flirting with relegation for many a season and because of that they have constantly been chopping and changing managers at the club.

Martin O'Neill went, replaced by Paolo Di Canio, he was then replaced by Gus Poyet who was subsequently sacked and Dick Advocaat arrived. The Dutchman left earlier in the season and Sam Allardyce took the job. By the current record of things he will keep Sunderland up this season, and then get the chop in 2016-17.

So who would want the Sunderland job?

One former Sunderland player who does is Eric Roy.

The 48-year-old arrived at Sunderland from Marseille in 1999 and spent just one term with the club. Whilst never a big hit on the North-East he has fond memories of his time there.

Now he has commented on the potential to one day manage the club. He told Offside this week:

"I have some contacts up there yet that's true, but in any case it can be a goal, if after a few years in France, I would like to train in England.

"It is a great club and a club that marked me. I always look at Sunderland. And now that I am a qualified coach, it would be a dream to one day coach that team there.

"Because I think there is everything there to do well. There is an incredible stadium, incredible public and now a more modern training center."

Roy, who played 27 league games for Sunderland during his time at the club, has some experience in management. He was at Nice in 2010-11 and worked as director of sport in the years previous.

Whether he will ever get the chance to manage at the Stadium of Light remains to be seen but it is interesting to hear aspiring bosses still want the Sunderland job, despite its recent job security.

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