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The manager Sunderland should appoint this summer is “the one everyone wants”;

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This post is a part of the “Terrace Talk” series from Football League World, wherein our FLW Fan Pundits share their personal thoughts on the newest breaking news, teams, players, managers, possible signings, and more.

Following their decision to part ways with Michael Beale last month, Sunderland is currently looking for a new permanent manager.

The team has appointed Mike Dodds as interim manager until the end of the current campaign, although it is becoming less and less likely that he will stay on as permanent manager.

Since assuming leadership of the squad in February, Dodds’ Black Cats have dropped his four games in that role.

Michael Beale’s Sunderland record (all competitions as per Transfermarkt)
Games Wins Draws Losses W%
12 4 2 7 33.33

Before Beale took over as head coach in December, Dodds had shown promise as an interim coach, winning two of his three games.

But Will Still, Steve Cooper, and Paul Heckingbottom are among the candidates connected to the Stadium of Light’s permanent head coaching post.

Will Sunderland still be “the one everyone wants”?

Will Still

Still, in the opinion of FLW’s Sunderland fan analyst Jack Austwicke, is the best applicant the team could possibly consider hiring.

“Will Still’s the only name on everyone’s lips, immediately comes to mind,” Austin Wicke said to Football League World.

“Will Still is the one that everyone aspires to be, the well-known figure, the one we were associated with, and the truly aspirational one.

He expressed his desire to visit the Championship, and I don’t think there is a better club to visit than the largest team in the Championship.

“Why not give it a shot? By the time we meet with him, we will have had four months to make a sincere effort to persuade him that this project is important, and they must do it correctly.”

Sunderland’s league standing

Under Dodds’ interim leadership, the team has lagged considerably behind its competitors for a top six finish.

With nine games left, Sunderland is currently 11 points off of a play-off spot in the Championship standings.

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