Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough
Following the resignation of David Moyes, Sunderland will be looking to appoint a new manager sooner rather than later as they prepare for their first season back in the Championship in a decade.
Moyes left the club after just one season in charge and it was a dismal one by all accounts. He guided the Black Cats to just six wins as his side finished at the bottom of the table and 16 points from safety.
David Moyes left Sunderland earlier this week after just ten months in charge
Sunderland supporters will be under no illusions that the road back to the Premier League will be a long and treacherous one, with a major overhaul on and off the pitch in the summer likely to happen.
Large-scale changes are expected at the Stadium of Light and not many will foresee instant success on Wearside. With this in mind, it is crucial that the board looks to appoint a manager able to produce a competitive side in the Championship while the club undergoes major reconstruction.
A period of stability is desperately needed at Sunderland and the appointment of Clough would represent a long-term strategy being put in place.
Nigel Clough made the six-man shortlist for the LMA Manager of the Year award
Clough guided Burton Albion to safety in their debut season in the Championship, something that would have been seen as an impossible task before the season kicked off due to the club's vastly inferior spending power. His achievement was recognised by him making the six-man shortlist for the LMA Manager of the Year award.
The 51-year-old is in his second spell at the helm at the Pirelli Stadium, he left the club to take over at Championship side Derby County in 2009, where he oversaw a successful rebuilding process at the club.
During his four-year spell with the Rams he successfully brought through a number of players from the club's academy and worked under difficult financial constraints in the Championship. This experience would prove invaluable to Sunderland and his appointment would be an attractive proposition.
Nigel Clough has also managed Derby County and Sheffield United
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