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Ex-Sunderland star early favourite to be new manager, Man United legend in the mix

Sunderland sack Simon Grayson

To no one’s surprise, Sunderland sacked Simon Grayson on Tuesday night.

In the minutes following a 3-3 draw with Bolton, Grayson was relieved of his duties at Sunderland.

This followed a spectacularly unsuccessful spell as manager of one of the crises clubs in English football.

Sunderland are serious relegation candidates in the Championship!

After stinking up the Premier League last season, Sunderland have done woefully badly at the start of the 2017/2018 Championship season.

Incredibly, Sunderland are third bottom of the Championship with 10 points from 15 matches.

The bookies are already putting together their shortlists for the Sunderland managerial job.

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Sunderland could well be relegated this season. No home wins since December 2016 is an incredibly bad statistic.

Kevin Phillips early favourite for Sunderland post

Kevin Phillips is the early favourite with Ladbrokes to be named Sunderland’s next permanent manager.

The Black Cats parted ways with Simon Grayson on Tuesday night and the ex-striker is currently 4/1 for the vacant role.

That puts him ahead of Peter Reid, Kevin Ball and former Middlesbrough boss, Aitor Karanka, who are all 6/1 respectively.

Odds trimmed overnight on Man United legend Ryan Giggs

Meanwhile, the bookies have already trimmed odds of Ryan Giggs being given his first permanent management role from 9/1 to 8/1 following interest in the Man United legend overnight from punters.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s early days and we’ve already chopped and changed the market but one thing that’s remained the same is the favourite in the Next Sunderland Manager betting. As things stand supporters could soon be preparing for a reunion with Phillips in their dugout.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting on next Sunderland manager

Kevin Phillips – 4/1
Aitor Karanka – 6/1
Peter Reid – 6/1
Kevin Ball – 6/1
Ryan Giggs – 8/1
Nigel Pearson – 8/1
Paul Lambert – 8/1
Gordon Strachan – 12/1
Phil Parkinson – 12/1
Roy Keane – 14/1
Mick McCarthy – 16/1
Craig Shakespeare – 16/1
Alan Pardew – 20/1
Sam Allardyce – 20/1
Chris Coleman – 25/1

Related: Everton’s Jordan Pickford brilliantly helps out a Sunderland team.

Man United legend keen on Everton and Leicester jobs.