Mick McCarthy and Paul Cook back among leading contenders to become Sunderland's next manager

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are without a boss following Chris Coleman's sacking.

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Mick McCarthy and Paul Cook are back among the leading contenders to become Sunderland's next manager.

The market had gone cold as Sunderland await confirmation of Stewart Donald's takeover, with Chris Wilder frozen as most bookmakers' odds-on favourite for much of the past fortnight.

Then, on Friday last week, John O'Shea appeared at 7/1 with Paddy Power, to leave only Wilder and Michael Appleton (7/2) ahead of him.

McCarthy was 12/1 at that stage, ahead of Paul Cook, who had only recently signed a new contract at Wigan Athletic. However, the pair are now 7/2 and 5/1 respectively.

Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest at Portman Road on December 2, 2017 in Ipswich, England.

McCarthy led Sunderland into the Premier League 13 years ago, and could be a popular choice among the Mackems faithful - some of whom called for his return after he parted company with Ipswich Town last month.

Paul Cook, Manager of Wigan Athletic looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Wigan and AFC Bournemouth at DW Stadium on January 17, 2018 in Wigan, England.

And while Cook has zero ties to Sunderland, his track record of promotions - three in four seasons - could make the 51-year-old another welcome appointment.

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