Next Sunderland Manager Odds | Michael Beale Replacements

Sunderland AFC announced on the 4th December 2023 that their manager Tony Mowbray would no longer be continuing in the role. Mowbray, who had been in football management for almost 20 years, was sacked after 15 months in charge of the club. Sunderland haven't performed particularly bad this season but as we've learned from previous sackings of managers is that Sunderland want progress by any means.

Latest Sunderland Manager Betting Odds

As Sunderland look to get promoted back to the Premier League, the next permanent Sunderland manager will have a serious task on their hands to get them promoted from the football league. Since their relegation from the Premier League back in 2017, they've been in 6 promotion battles, only succeeding on one occasion. The issue that Sunderland have had is drawing games, Alex Neil drew 9 out of his 23 games and Jack Ross drew 27 out of 75, which led to both of them losing their jobs. If they turned half their draws into wins, they would have been promoted from League One almost every season they were at that level.

Kevin Muscat is a Free Agent Who Might Interest Black Cats

Kevin Muscat is a name that will be known by football fans who watched the beautiful game back in the late 90's, early 00's. He made 308 appearances across spells at Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangers and Millwall. Muscat has won the league with Melbourne Victory and Yokohama F. Marinos, which will be the kind of experience that Sunderland will be looking for after Tony Mowbray. it could be that Muscat is deemed as too big of a risk. However, when looking at the names in the running, every name would present a large risk for a club of Sunderland's stature as they look to rise up the Championship table.

Frank Lampard Prominent in Betting

If the Sunderland owners are looking to bring in a big name, then there aren't many bigger names in English football than Frank Lampard - Lampard has struggled to match his impressive playing career at a management level and if Sunderland are looking to win league games and get into the play offs, Lampard's experience doesn't quite fit the bill. Lampard has Championship experience with Derby County but has stated that it would take the 'right job' to get him back into football. If Sunderland are willing to take the risk, it would be one of the most interesting appointments of the season.

Heckingbottom Among Betting Favourites to Land Sunderland Job

Recently, the question has been asked - who will be the next Sheffield United manager? After Paul Heckingbottom was sacked from the Blades, it looks like Heckingbottom could race into another job at Sunderland. If Sunderland's new manager is somebody who has a history of winning promotion, then Heckingbottom could end up as Sunderland's newest recruit in their promotion battle.

Eustace On The List After Surprise Birmingham City sacking!

When John Eustace was sacked as manager of Birmingham City, the Blues actually sat higher in the Championship table than Sunderland, so it would come as no surprise if Eustace was on the shortlist of managers that the Sunderland board will approach. Eustace has an average win percentage of 45% during his career and wasn't inspiring during his first season at Birmingham City and has only managed Kidderminster Harriers as permanent manager and Queens Park Rangers as the caretaker manager.

Eustace is high on almost every manager odds list since his sacking but for a club like Sunderland, this would be a huge risk when looking at their next manager.

What surprise names are in the Next Sunderland Manager betting odds?

When looking at the next Sunderland head coach, there are a number of names that would be a shocking hiring by the club. Firstly, Alex Neil sits in the betting odds despite leaving Sunderland for Stoke City. However, as Neil sits under pressure at Stoke, he could look to jump back to the Black Cats.

Another name that would be a big surprise would be Neil Warnock, who managed Huddersfield Town to safety last season. Warnock has an outstanding reputation at Championship level but likely hasn't got exactly what Sunderland are looking for on this occasion, Warnock has stated that he would like to join a side pushing at the top of the table rather than in a relegation battle so you can be sure that he'll put his name in the hat for Sunderland.

Other names that could surprise many are former manager Roy Keane, who also seems to be in the running for the next Republic of Ireland manager and Kevin Phillips, who won the Northern Premier League in his only season as manager of local side South Shields.

Sunderland next 10 fixtures

Whoever takes on the role of head coach at Sunderland has a difficult list of games coming up, Sunderland's first 10 fixtures out of the Mowbray era are:

  • West Brom (H)
  • Leeds United (H)
  • Bristol City (A)
  • Coventry City (H)
  • Hull City (A)
  • Rotherham United (A)
  • Preston North End (H)
  • Newcastle United (FA Cup) (H)
  • Ipswich Town (A)
  • Hull City (H)

It looks very likely that Leicester City and Ipswich Town will take the two automatic promotion spots in the 2023/24 season. However, the play-off positions are still up for grabs, Leeds United and Southampton look to have taken the first two positions but Sunderland are amongst 10 teams who will have aspirations for the remaining two spots and in our opinion, the next Sunderland manager odds have to favour the managers who the board will expect to get them into those positions against the likes of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and local rivals Middlesbrough. Be sure to take that into consideration when looking at this betting market but also look at the favourites for both betting markets as for example, Steve Bruce looks likely to take the Republic of Ireland job, meaning a return to the Stadium of Light is unlikely.

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