Sunderland fans not keen as Alex Rae among bookies favourites for top job

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.

Sunderland are on the lookout for a new manager but one candidate is not too popular.

Alex Rae Manager of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

Sunderland fans have taken to social media site Twitter to vent their disappointment at former player Alex Rae emerging as one of the bookies’ favourites for the vacant managerial position.

The Black Cats are on the lookout for a new manager after deciding to part ways with Chris Coleman following their unacceptable relegation from the Championship to League One.

Chris Wilder was originally cited as a potential appointment, yet the Sheffield United boss has ended speculation and committed his future to the Yorkshire club by signing a new deal at Bramall Lane.

It leaves Sunderland short on potential standout options and among those heading the list is former player Alex Rae, who is listed just behind St. Mirren manager Jack Ross according to Odds Checker.

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.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man had a successful spell as a player at the Stadium of Light, making over 100 league appearances and building a rapport with the club’s supporters.

But as far as his managerial record goes, the 48-year-old has only had brief spells at Dundee and St. Mirren in his native Scotland where he holds an average win rate at just over 40%.

Alex Rae assistant manager of Blackpool during the FA CupThird Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool at the Reebok Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Bolton, England.

Rae would no doubt be a big gamble for Sunderland, but their current situation regarding the proposed takeover and their status in League One means they do not quite have the same pull as they did 12 months ago.

The Chronicle list him as among the favourites, although fans feel his lack of experience should rule him out with many suggesting he joins the club as a coach instead than taking over the top job.

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