Chris Coleman was sacked/released as Sunderland Manager on Sunday afternoon.

That news quickly followed by Ellis Short revealing he’d agreed to sell the club to a group headed by the bloke who currently owns non-league Eastleigh.

Always interesting to see who is in the betting when it comes to clubs looking for a new boss and this search for the next Sunderland Manager is no different.

When a club gets consecutive relegations, both times rock bottom of the league, the change in expectations/hopes can only be dramatic.

Mick McCarthy is now available and he has been made the early hot favourites, odds on at 2/5.

Interesting, particularly as he holds the honour of managing Sunderland in their worst ever Premier League season.

The Sunderland side of 2005/06 is the second worst PL side of all time, ending the season with only 15 points, McCarthy sacked after picking up only 10 points in 28 games, with Roy Keane then brought in to finish them off/the season.

(Sunderland actually having three of the six worst Premier League teams of all-time – the six worst being 11 points – Derby 2007/08, 15 points – Sunderland 2005/06, 17 points – Aston Villa 2015/16, 19 points Portsmouth 2009/10, 19 points – Sunderland 2002/03, 24 points – Sunderland 2016/17)

In the betting after McCarthy, you have Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder (4/1) and then Leicester’s assistant manager Michael Appleton (8/1).

After that it largely descends into a whole host of those with previous/existing Sunderland connections just like Mick McCarthy, such as Kevin Phillips, John O’Shea, Roy Keane and Ally McCoist.

Whilst there are also a significant number of those who have worked at Newcastle, with Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren both 33/1 to get the job, either of those would be good fun!

As would some of the other former Newcastle employees priced up, with Lee Bowyer and Patrick Kluivert included, Lee Clark of course having had a foot in both camps previously.

Betting  on who will be the next permanent Sunderland manager:

2/5 Mick McCarthy

4/1 Chris Wilder

8/1 Michael Appleton

16/1 Jaap Stam

16/1 Kevin Phillips

16/1 Paul Cook

Selected interesting others:

25/1 John O’Shea

33/1 Alan Pardew

33/1 Steve McClaren

33/1 Roy Keane

33/1 Ally McCoist

33/1 Lee Clark

33/1 Lee Bowyer

33/1 Patrick Kluivert

View all the BetVictor odds on next permanent Sunderland manager HERE



  • Alan Pardew

    Being the opposite of Newcastle, I don’t think that’s the club for me.

    Sometimes when you have been a manager at a big club like that, to go to a rival is something I wouldn’t do so that wouldn’t interest me.

    • wheyayeman

      Go on Alan – time to redeem yourself ! 😂

    • Paul Patterson

      But Alan, the mackems loved your record against them . .

    • Shields Mag

      But Alan you got them 6pts a season…….

  • TheNutJob

    I hope they get Pard`s & Geordie John, then we can put our feet up and be assured we`re all likely to be boxed up before we play the Mackem`s again,

    • Andy Mac

      It would be a act of pure malevolence from the new owners to the fans. So here’s hoping 👍

  • To be honest, Pardew has a decent record in the 3rd tier. 10th, 3rd and 2nd with Reading, 7th with Southampton, plus a Johnstone’s Paints Trophy.

    If Charlton had stuck with him as he took them down, he could have done well with them too.

    • Andy Mac

      Not sure if there were any fit Wags at Charlton though ? 🤔

      • comment

        Drivel is thy name

    • nufcslf

      I would like to think with his last two jobs, nobody would be mad enough to give the clown a job ever again.

  • 1957

    Another excuse for a BetVictor ad from Porter

    • Jezza

      Yes and also another excuse for Porter to write about his beloved SAFC.

    • Geordiegiants

      Still never seen a bet victor ad yet,

  • Scott Robinson

    Why would the Sheff U manger desert a club in red and white with 26,000 average for another red and white club who will struggle to match that even as champions in the division below?

    Sunderland could do no worse than Neil Warnock (If Cardiff fail to go up) who can get clubs out of the lower divisions and done a decent job at Cardiff despite many saying he was a dinosaur.

    1986–87: Conference winners (promotion to Division 4) – Scarborough
    1989–90: Division 3 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 2) – Notts County
    1990–91: Division 2 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 1) – Notts County
    1994–95: Division 2 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 1) – Huddersfield Town
    1995–96: Division 3 Playoff winners (promotion to Division 2) – Plymouth Argyle
    2005–06: Championship runners-up (promotion to Premier League) – Sheffield United
    2010–11: Championship winners (promotion to Premier League) – Queens Park Rangers

    He would get them up first time and kick some backsides!

    They need to look at managers who can get you out of the lower divisions, not some supporters favourite like ‘super Kev’ or some new manager with no experience.

  • PercyArcade

    Lee Clark?!?!?!?
    Oh, yes please 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Jezza

    Porter is really a Mackem. There is no other possible explanation for all his endless articles on SAFC. Has he ever written even a single article about Newcastle?

    • Mark Davies

      He has written nufc articles but a lot of his stuff is bitter or about our crestfallen neighbours. For me, i dont like any posts unless they are about nufc. Its called the mag ffs so i get where your coming from.

    • Leazes.

      It not a Geordie or Riever name its from Lancashire, like a lot of the writers on the Mag the thing which strikes me is the lack of local surnames, it is certainly possible that Mr Jensen is a hidden hand behind a lot of the writers.

    • comment

      But you love talking about it as you lot like to cluck about what’s not right and how dare they say that.The mag is for all to write or comment ..so show respect .. at least he can write an article as opposed to the few lines of retarded drivel you curmudgeons come up with..and as for accusing anyone being a mackem is rich coming from you.!!

  • MadMag83

    I can’t see why Wilder would want to drop back to

  • grantham mag

    Co-Co the clown odds on favourite.

    • Mike D

      Aka John Carver.

  • Mr wobert

    What we should be speculating, is fatty is going to undermine Benitez ( again)
    And what happens when he walks off to a club who will back him to the hilt financially ,because I can’t see it happening here..fatty has no ambition other than to line his pockets and have total power ,( Nero) he’s not bothered about winning games , and blah blah blah

  • Dillon Tovak

    Kevin Phillips is the only choice. He’d get the fans back in the stadium and if they do that then they’ve got a good chance of promotion.
    But personally I hope they get ol’ Pards as it’ll be hilarious.