Paul Cook and Alex Rae emerge as new favourite for Sunderland manager's job, replacing Sheffield United's Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in...

Wilder looks set to remain at Sheffield United despite alleged interest from Sunderland.

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in...

Paul Cook, the Wigan Athletic manager, and Alex Rae, the former Sunderland midfielder, have replaced Chris Wilder of Sheffield United as the new favourite to be the Mackems' next manager, with respective bookmakers Paddy Power and Sky Bet.

Wilder had long been odds on for the role, which was vacated by Chris Coleman upon Sunderland's relegation from the Championship.

However, reports claim Wilder is ready is ready to commit his future to Sheffield United, where boardroom disharmony had called his future into question.

Paul Cook the manager of Wigan Athletic looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Second Round between AFC Fylde and Wigan Athletic on December 1, 2017 in Kirkham, England.

Now the market has opened up again, with Cook (5/6) leading the Paddy Power betting - ahead of Wilder (2/1) and McCarthy (6/1) - and Rae (5/2) the Sky Bet front runner - ahead of Wilder (3/1) and Jack Ross of St Mirren (9/2).

Cook, who signed a new at Wigan last week, is only 9/1 with Sky Bet, behind Michael Appleton, the Leicester City coach (7/1).

St Mirren Manager Alex Rae looks on during the Scottish Championship match between Rangers and St. Mirren at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rae spent five years at Sunderland and was part of the Mackems side that won promotion to the Premier League in 1999.

Now 48, the Glaswegian has experienced two spells as a manger, both in his native Scotland - with Dundee and St Mirren - where he boasts a win percentage rate of 43.51.

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