The applicants apply by the minute for the Sunderland job

“Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn is still sifting through more than 30 applications and is hoping to cut the number down to around 10 by the weekend.” – Steve Brenner of The Sun, December 11, 2008.

“Sunderland’s search for a new manager will be discussed in earnest for the first time at the club’s monthly board meeting today, when the 35 meaningful applications they have received will be culled to a more manageable number.” – , December 11, 2008.

“Houllier, 61, has indicated he would be willing to move to the North-east to take over at Sunderland and the board will today start the process of developing a shortlist from the 40-plus applications.” – Niall Hickman of the Daily Express, December 11, 2008.