League One challengers Sunderland sacked Jack Ross on Tuesday but could Ian Holloway take the Black Cats back to the Championship?

Ian Holloway has admitted that he would be open to replacing Jack Ross at Sunderland, telling talkSPORT (9 October, 8.30am) that the League One outfit represents a ‘wonderful, wonderful opportunity with a great fan base’.

The Black Cats are starting again. Owner Stewart Donald did his very best to keep the faith in Ross but he had no choice but to pull the trigger after a worrying 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City on Saturday left the club eight points adrift of top spot heading into the international break.

According to the Northern Echo, Daniel Stendel is interested in taking over and the German has a proven track record in League One, leading Barnsley to promotion in March.

But Holloway too has hinted that he would jump at the chance to revive one of the fallen giants of English football.

“It’s a magnificent job for somebody,” said the 56-year-old. “I miss (management) every day, I miss meeting people.

“What a job that is. What a wonderful, wonderful opportunity with a great fan base. I would love the challenge of a football club like that because I’ve always been an underdog.” 

Holloway would certainly be under pressure to produce if he did get the Sunderland job, given that the Wearsiders are the biggest club in the third tier. They are desperate to get back to the Championship, and potentially then the Premier League, at the earliest possibility.

The affable Bristolian has two promotions under his belt already, guiding Crystal Palace to the Premier League in 2013 just three years after guiding an unfancied Blackpool team to the top flight for the first time.

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