Cats go in four the kill

Daily Star - - Sports - By IAN MURTAGH

® SUN­DER­LAND have com­piled a four-man short­list in their search for a boss.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Bain hopes to have the new man be­fore Satur­day’s home game against Mill­wall.

Barns­ley boss Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom and for­mer Rangers man­ager Ally McCoist are among the con­tenders to re­place Si­mon Grayson, who was sacked at the end of last month.

Heck­ing­bot­tom’s odds have been slashed but there has been no ap­proach for the Tykes’ boss, who was on Sun­der­land’s books as a player with­out mak­ing a first team ap­pear­ance.


He is un­der­stood to want the job but Bain re­mains open-minded and has yet to de­cide on his top tar­get.

The debt-rid­den Black Cats have yet to win a home game this year and their only league vic­tory this sea­son was in Au­gust.

Crowds have slumped to well be­low 20,000 de­spite of­fi­cial fig­ures sug­gest­ing oth­er­wise with thou­sands of sea­son-ticket hold­ers stay­ing away.

Rob­bie Stock­dale will take charge on Satur­day again if the re­cruit­ment process is on­go­ing, al­though he is not a can­di­date for the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. LE­ICES­TER’S £16m mis­fit Ahmed Musa claims Leonid Slut­sky still wants him at Hull.

Musa’s boss at CSKA Moscow tried to sign him in the sum­mer and the Nige­rian striker is tempted but drop­ping to the Cham­pi­onship “is the prob­lem”. He said: “It is for this rea­son that it’s hard for me to de­cide.”

KEEN: Heck­ing­bot­tom

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