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