Gary Rowett, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Black Cats hero Kevin Phillips have all applied for the vacant managerial position at Sunderland, according to TEAMtalk, with Mark Robins and Paul Cook also under consideration.
The Wearside giants sacked Jack Ross on Tuesday after an underwhelming start to the season under the former St Mirren boss. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City means they are sixth in the League One table, eight points off leaders Ipswich Town.
But with the international break underway, Sunderland have plenty of time on their side as they scour the market for a replacement.
TEAMtalk claim that owner Stewart Donald wants a coach with a track record in League One and both Robins and Cook certainly tick that particular box.
Robins’ exciting Coventry side beat Sunderland 5-4 at the Stadium of Light in the spring and they are currently a point and a place above the North East outfit in the table. Cook, meanwhile, lifted the League One title with Wigan Athletic in 2018, having accumulated 98 points and 89 goals in the third tier.
Daniel Stendel, who sealed promotion with Barnsley in May, is also on Sunderland’s radar.
According to TEAMtalk, club legend Phillips is hoping to get his managerial career off the ground at the club where he won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2000. He has already applied for the job, alongside Hasselbaink and Rowett.
47-year-old Hasselbaink led Burton Albion to the top of League One before leaving to take over at QPR in December 2015 while Rowett, who was most recently seen at Stoke City, also earned his managerial stripes with the Brewers.
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