Report: Sunderland to start interview process for new manager

General view inside the stadium prior the Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on March 5, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are still looking to find Simon Grayson's replacement, after parting company with him last week.

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

According to the Northern Echo, Sunderland will start interviewing managers to take over at the Stadium of Light over the weekend.

Sunderland have been looking to find a replacement for Simon Grayson since midway through last week, but they are yet to step up their search.

Sunderland have merely been discussing candidates at boardroom level recently, as they assess the options available to them.

The Black Cats know the importance of getting this appointment correct, and they don’t want to rush into picking Grayson’s replacement.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

At the moment it is thought that Aitor Karanka and Paul Heckingbottom are the leading candidates to take over at the Stadium of Light.

Karanka is currently out of work, following his dismissal from Middlesbrough earlier this year, while Heckingbottom is in charge at Barnsley.

Paul Heckingbottom manager of Barnsley during the pre season friendly at Oakwell Stadium between Barnsley and Huddersfield Town on July 22, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

Sunderland could face the complication of having to pay complication for Heckingbottom, if they do make an approach for the Tykes boss.

Sunderland are currently bottom of the Championship table, after winning just one league match all season.

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