Sunderland are considering a move for Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom to take over the vacant managerial seat at the Stadium of Light, according to HITC Sports.
Many names have been linked with the vacant managerial post at Sunderland, with the likes of Kevin Phillips, John O’Shea and Nathan Jones among the many names leading the race.
However, in recent weeks it looks like the Black Cats have diverted attention from the aforementioned candidates and have decided to pursue Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom instead.
This development is certainly an unexpected twist in the tale after it was widely expected that Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips to take over the job at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have been on lookout for a new manager since the sacking of Simon Grayson last month, but looks like the Black Cats are making very little progress in terms of landing a new manager and it will be interesting to see if they are able lure Heckingbottom away from Oakwell.