Sunderland legend Michael Gray has been discussing the possibility of former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri replacing David Moyes.
The former Sunderland striker suggested his old side could benefit from relegation.
Sunderland are in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has delivered his verdict on David Moyes and his old club's chances of Premier League survival this season.
The Rangers striker used to watch the Sunderland star at the Stadium of Light and was briefly at Leicester whilst Phillips was coaching.
Will Hughes has missed most of Derby County's season so far through injury.
Sunderland are currently four points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.
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The Black Cats are still to appoint a successor to Dick Advocaat.
The former Black Cats frontman is currently assistant manager at Derby County