Report: Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain encouraged to go after Paul Heckingbottom

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 chief executive Martin Bain has been encouraged to hear Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom would be interested in taking over.

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.

According to the Daily Mail, Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom wants the Sunderland job.

Sunderland parted company with Simon Grayson over a fortnight ago, but they still have not found a replacement.

Heckingbottom is said to be the Black Cats first choice though, and the 40-year-old would be interested in moving to the Stadium of Light.

Paul Heckingbottom manager of Barnsley looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Barnsley at Bramall Lane on August 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Heckingbottom used to play for Sunderland, but he previously batted away suggestions that he was about to leave Barnsley.

However, Martin Bain has now been encouraged by Heckingbottom’s apparent interest, and Sunderland are expected to make a move soon.

Sunderland are prepared to pay compensation for their next manager, although they don't have a huge budget to spend.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom applauds fans after winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Barnsley at Pirelli Stadium on October 31, 2017 in Burton-upon-...

Barnsley are currently eight places ahead of Sunderland in the Championship table, but the Black Cats do arguably have more potential as a club, if Heckingbottom can get them back to winning ways. 

Sunderland currently have Robbie Stockdale in caretaker charge, with their next match coming against Millwall at the weekend.

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