Sunderland's Manager Search Hits Complication with 'Compensation' Claims
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Sunderland’s Manager Search Hits Complication with ‘Compensation’ Claims

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Sunderland have encountered a stumbling block in their search for a new head coach this summer, according to sources.

Tony Mowbray, the former Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers manager, took charge of the Black Cats at the start of the season before being fired halfway through.

Former Rangers and QPR manager Michael Beale was appointed to replace Mowbray, however he lasted only 13 games at Sunderland before being fired. Since then, Mike Dodds has been in command of the first team on an interim basis until the season ends.

Several names have been connected with the post, including Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Rohl, who appears to meet Sunderland’s criteria given his tactical flexibility and desire to work with young players.

However, according to Alan Nixon, Rohl is unlikely to be the next Sunderland manager due to the price required to transfer him from Hillsborough to the Stadium of Light. Nixon does admit that there is interest on the Black Cats’ side of the table.

Following Mowbray’s departure earlier this season, Sunderland were said to be interested in Reims manager Will Still, but were apparently unwilling to pay the French club’s high compensation cost to lure the head coach to Wearside.

Sunderland returned to winning ways under temporary manager Dodds last Saturday, winning 1-0 at West Brom in the Championship. However, a new manager is anticipated to take over during the summer, with Dodds continuing to work with the first squad.

 

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