Sunderland are on the lookout for a new manager but one candidate is not too popular.
Sunderland fans have taken to social media site Twitter to vent their disappointment at former player Alex Rae emerging as one of the bookies’ favourites for the vacant managerial position.
It leaves Sunderland short on potential standout options and among those heading the list is former player Alex Rae, who is listed just behind St. Mirren manager Jack Ross according to Odds Checker.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man had a successful spell as a player at the Stadium of Light, making over 100 league appearances and building a rapport with the club’s supporters.
But as far as his managerial record goes, the 48-year-old has only had brief spells at Dundee and St. Mirren in his native Scotland where he holds an average win rate at just over 40%.
Rae would no doubt be a big gamble for Sunderland, but their current situation regarding the proposed takeover and their status in League One means they do not quite have the same pull as they did 12 months ago.
The Chronicle list him as among the favourites, although fans feel his lack of experience should rule him out with many suggesting he joins the club as a coach instead than taking over the top job.
As others have said I would have him as a coach or assistant. manager but 100% not as the manager.— Wayne Davis (@Wayne_Davis81) May 19, 2018
Would have him as part of a team, but need a bit more experience at the helm— james naisbett (@jamesnaisbett) May 19, 2018
Unbelievable no chance!!!— David Smith (@dajajuly63) May 19, 2018
More of a risk for Alex Rae to be honest.— John (@1892JP) May 20, 2018
Nope, happy to have him involved in the coaching staff, but we need proven experience.— David Pattison (@DPatz79) May 19, 2018
NO— Lee Gamble (@LeeGamble1973) May 19, 2018
oh yeah just what we need another inexperienced manager.— Zak Waters (@ZakWaters) May 19, 2018
No not really he has no proven track record— James Anderson (@JamesAn59742787) May 20, 2018
This is a complete joke right???— Casper-MTB (@Casper8312) May 20, 2018
I like the bloke a lot. But no! As part of a team, maybe.— Mobile Mackem (@mobilemackem) May 19, 2018