Sheffield United's Chris Wilder now heavy favourite to be Sunderland's next manager

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

The Sheffield United manager is said to be a long-term target for 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...

Sheffield United's Chris Wilder is now odds-on to become Sunderland's next manager with bookmaker Sky Bet.

Wilder was installed as one of the early favourites to succeed Chris Coleman at the Stadium of Light, but had drifted out to 5/1 by Tuesday, behind Mick McCarthy and Paul Cook.

But, as of Wednesday morning, the 50-year-old is back on top of the betting, with odds of 5/6.

Manager Chris Wilder of Oxford United gestures during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Oxford United and Charlton Athletic at Kassam Stadium on January 21, 2014 in Oxford,...

Wilder was linked with the Sunderland position a year ago and is a former manager of Oxford United - the club supported, and previously invested in, by prospective Mackems owner Stewart Donald.

And despite an impressive two years in charge of his boyhood Blades, Wilder's comments in the wake of Saturday's home defeat by Preston North End, in which he suggested that ongoing boardroom disharmony could cause him to quit Bramall Lane, should encourage potential suitors.

A general view of the Stadium of Light before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on August 21, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

The Sheffielder is sure to have Championship and perhaps even Premier League interest this summer, although the chance to manage a club of Sunderland's stature, and potentially kick off a new era on Wearside - albeit in League One - could appeal to the third and fourth tier title winner.

McCarthy (9/4), Michael Appleton (7/1) and Cook (8/1) are the other leading candidates with Sky Bet.

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