The odds of experienced defender John O'Shea being fast-tracked into management have been slashed with Sunderland crying out for a coach.
Sunderland are looking for a new manager to take over from Simon Grayson.
Derby coach Kevin Phillips among the former Sunderland players who could replace Simon Grayson as manager.
Sunderland defender John O'Shea has now reached 36 years of age.
The Sunderland veteran impressed for Simon Grayson's side last time around.
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole hasn't been performing to the top of his ability this season.
Sunderland are set to take on Cardiff City in Championship action at the weekend.
Sunderland's most expensive XI arguably proves that spending money certainly does not guarantee success.
The Sunderland defender and unemployed Polish boss have emerged over the past 24 hours.
John O'Shea's recent Sunderland form shows his best days are behind him but could he still do a job for Wolves?