Aitor Karanka is now the 7/4 favourite to take over at Sunderland, per Sky Bet. And this has gone down very well with Sunderland supporters who have been, let’s say, underwhelmed by some of the other names supposedly in the frame.
With The Black Cats bottom of the Championship, embroiled in debt and with just one win in 16 games, one of the most daunting jobs in England appears to have come far too soon for former fans’ favourite Kevin Phillips, not to mention 36-year-old club captain John O’Shea.
Ally McCoist (below), meanwhile, has been out of the game for three years – and the less said about Phil Neville the better.
Karanka, however, not only knows the Championship but has thrived at this level before – at none other than Sunderland’s North East neighbours Middlesbrough.
Though Boro fans weren’t exactly enamoured by a less-than-buccaneering playing style, Jose Mourinho’s former assistant got results on Riverside. Good ones too, with Middlesbrough finishing second in the Championship in 2016 to earn promotion to the Premier League after seven years away.
It would be far too much to expect Karanka to repeat the feat at Sunderland right now but the Spaniard’s ability to organise a defence and make a team far greater than the sum of its parts means he is ‘the fan’s choice’.
Karanka is now favourite with the bookies apparently. This means nothing. Let's hope he's the favourite with Bain and Short. #SAFC— Jack Waldron (@waldron1994) November 7, 2017
If karanka was unhappy with funds/set up at Boro then why would he take the Sunderland job?— Matt Hartley (@matt_safc) November 4, 2017
#safc if Karanka is up for it then it's a no brainer get him in.Leaves even more question marks over Bain if Karanka was up for it in summer— The Four Skins (@JeebazSandals) November 2, 2017
I would be happy with that choice. Proven at this level, and can essentially get a defence organised. Although he would have to shift 1/2— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) November 7, 2017
Karanka has gone favourite for the job, i would have him he knows the league well #Safc— Louis Booth (@LouisBooth92) November 7, 2017