Report: Sunderland draw up four-man shortlist including Paul Cook and Anthony Hudson

A general view of the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton at Stadium of Light on February 11, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland are considering Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook and Colorado Rapids manager Anthony Hudson as they plan for life in League One.

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Sunderland are stepping up their pursuit of a replacement for the sacked Chris Coleman.

Current Eastleigh owner Stuart Donald is expected to purchase the bottom-of-the-table Championship side from the much-maligned Ellis Short, and he faces a major decision already with Sunderland in need of a manager to lead them back out of League One next season.

TEAMtalk report that The Black Cats have drawn up a four-man shortlist with Leicester City assistant Michael Appleton and Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, both of whom Donald knows from his time as an investor at Oxford United, in the frame.

So too is the Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook.

Paul Cook, Manager of Wigan Athletic looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Wigan and AFC Bournemouth at DW Stadium on January 17, 2018 in Wigan, England.

The former Portsmouth boss certainly ticks one box, given that he has led the Latics back to the Championship this season and, with one game to go in the League One season, they are a single point away from the title. Wigan also knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup in January.

The fourth name, however, is not exactly well known on Wearside.

TEAMtalk reports that Sunderland are surprisingly considering Colorado Rapids boss Anthony Hudson, the 37-year-old Englishman who hasn’t managed in Britain since a short spell at Newport County back in 2011.

New Zealand's national soccer team coach Anthony Hudson, speaks during a press conference in Lima on November 14, 2017 on the eve of the 2018 World Cup qualifying play-off second leg match...

Hudson has had a unique managerial career, spending time in charge of Bahrain before being appointed by New Zealand in 2014. The Seattle-born tactician managed the Kiwis for three years, leaving after they lost to Peru in a qualifier for last summer’s World Cup.

Hudson took charge of Colorado Rapids in November, becoming the youngest MLS coach in history.

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