Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder
Sunderland are considering Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder for the vacant manager's job at the Stadium of Light after being snubbed by Aberdeen's Derek McInnes, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Sunderland are back at the drawing board in their search for a new manager after failing to lure top target McInnes to Wearside.
McInnes has opted to stay at Aberdeen after holding talks with Sunderland over the vacancy and now the Black Cats have been forced to reassess their options.
Wilder was mentioned as a contender for the Sunderland job after the departure of David Moyes last month and the Black Cats hierarchy are thought to be admirers of the 48-year-old.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates promotion
Wilder is regarded as one of the best young managers in the country following his successes in winning back-to-back promotions in the last two seasons.
He guided Northampton from League Two to League One in the 2015/16 campaign before taking over at boyhood club Sheffield United and leading them to the Championship last term in his first season in charge.
Sheffield United would not welcome any move for Wilder as they prepare for life back in the Championship.
Wilder still has two years left on his existing deal at Bramall Lane and the club could offer him a new deal to ward off interest from potential rivals.