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Since Tony Mowbray was fired in December, Sunderland’s manager-fan connection has appeared to be exceedingly tense. The team has had a very difficult season.

The choice to replace him with Michael Beale infuriated his supporters, and when he won four of his twelve games in command, it proved to be the right one.

Although the Sunderland supporters enjoyed Mike Dodds’ first term in charge, he hasn’t been able to turn around the team’s performance at all, and as a result, everyone is eager for the season to conclude.

Since Dodds’ temporary appointment, the topic of discussion among all parties involved has been who will be in charge this summer.

Though Kyril Louis-Dreyfus and Kristjaan Speakman will have months to identify a suitable replacement, it doesn’t seem like much progress has been made in completing the necessary procedures to choose someone in the upcoming weeks.

The Northern Echo has now revealed, though, that the club plans to schedule a meeting for the “immediate aftermath” of this weekend’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.

According to the article, the club has been “firming up their plans” over the past several weeks and is now “confident” that they will be ready to move quickly after the campaign concludes.

There has been a number of names floating around in recent months, and it now looks like it may have been whittled down to three coaches.

Reports in Germany have linked Bayern Munich U19s boss Rene Maric with a move to Wearside, and it is now believed that there has been ‘contact’ between Sunderland and the Bundesliga outfit.

The 31-year-old has worked an assistant manager for RB Salzburg, Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Leeds United, before he was appointed as head coach of Bayern’s U19s just two months ago.

According to the article, Paul Heckingbottom, who has been unemployed since being fired by Sheffield United in December, is still being considered by Sunderland.

Danny Rohl, who has the potential to keep Sheffield Wednesday in the hunt if they can win this week on Wearside, is also still on the shortlist.

The rumours around Rene Maric are very recent and there is not a great deal known about him, but it could be a very interesting appointment that could follow the success of Rohl at Hillsborough.

Rohl also spent time with Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and the German national team before taking up his first role in senior management in October, where he has been highly successful.

Maric could potentially follow in his footsteps, while Rohl himself seems like an even better option, but one that may be more difficult to get over the line – especially if Wednesday stay up.

Heckingbottom seems like the safer choice, but if he was always intended to be our primary objective, his entrance would be a bit odd as we could have chosen him back when we fired Michael Beale.

If the club wants to make amends for its faults, this appointment must be made correctly, and all three of those choices give me far more promise than Beale did.

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