Tony Mowbray took charge of Sunderland at the start of the 2022/23 campaign and brought the Black Cats to a play-off finish in his first season at the Stadium of Light, although they were defeated by eventual winners Luton Town in the promotion semi-finals.
The 2023/24 term has been slightly less successful for the 60-year-old. Thus, on December 4, with Sunderland sitting ninth in the league table following a poor string of results, the club announced his sacking. Behind-the-scenes issues between Mowbray and the club officials may have also played a role.
Although there is little information regarding the owner’s plans for the near future, the next Sunderland manager odds may serve as an indication of who the Black Cats will target.
Sunderland Next Manager Betting List
John Eustace – who was coaching in the EFL Championship just months ago – is the bookmakers’ favourite when it comes to the Sunderland next manager odds. Mike Dodds will act on an interim basis at the Stadium of Light until an appointment is made.
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John Eustace may not be the most experienced manager in the world but his recent work makes him a strong candidate for the next Sunderland manager position. The 44-year-old is currently job hunting after being relieved of his duties by Birmingham City back in October.
Eustace took charge of the Blues ahead of the 2022/23 season and would lead them to a 17th finish while earning the highest points tally in the last five years. At the time of his departure in 2023/24, Birmingham City was sixth in the table. Citing disagreements over playing style, the club invited Wayne Rooney, whose results so far have been at best mediocre.
Prior to his time at St Andrew’s, Eustace worked as an assistant at Queens Park Rangers and the Republic of Ireland. Between 2016 and 2018, he was the head coach of Kidderminster Harriers in the fifth division.
Steven Schumacher has made a name for himself at Plymouth Argyle which he initially joined as an assistant manager in 2019. In December 2021, with Ryan Lowe leaving for Preston North End, Schumacher was appointed head coach at Home Park.
Although it was his first big role (having only worked as an assistant at Everton, Southport and Bury before), Schumacher had a strong start with the Pilgrims. Despite the positive results, Plymouth finished just one spot below the play-off zone in 2021/22. Then followed an incredible 2022/23 season as the Englishman led his team to triumph in League One, winning promotion for EFL Championship for the first time in 13 years.
Schumacher’s Plymouth currently sit 16th in the table and are well on their way to survive the first season in the second division. Despite him being this high on the next Sunderland manager odds list, the 39-year-old may have reservations about leaving Plymouth mid-season.
Unlike the previous names, Nathan Jones has coached in the Premier League, although that period of his life was short-lived. The Welshman was appointed by Southampton midway through 2022/23 but could do little to revive the Saints form. He departed St Mary’s Stadium 14 matches later with a record of five wins and nine losses, leaving the club bottom of the table. He’s been a free agent since February.
Before his stint with Southampton, Jones had two spells at Luton Town with a 11-month tenure at Stoke City inbetween. His best work came with the Hatters as he took a side at threat of relegation from League Two and finished 11th in 2015/16. Building on that success, Luton won promotion to League One in 2017/18 as runner-ups. When the 50-year-old returned to Kenilworth Road in 2019, Luton were playing EFL Championship football already.
Given his experience and proactive approach, Jones would make a great hire for the Black Cats. After a bad spell at Southampton, the Welshman will want to redeem himself at an ambitious club like Sunderland.
Kevin Muscat may be an odd pick as he doesn’t have experience coaching in the English football pyramid but he certainly knows it, having played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers back in the day.
The former Australia international is currently employed by Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan but his contract expires on January 31. With Yokohama soon to go on a winter break, the coach may decide that it is an opportune moment to change clubs.
Muscat began as an assistant to Ange Postecoglou at Melbourne Victory, and inherited the head coach role in 2013. In his six years with Victory, the 50-year-old won four trophies, including two A-League titles. With Yokohama, he won the J1 League in 2022 and the Super Cup in 2023. His resume also includes a six-month spell at Sint-Truiden in Belgium in 2020 but that experience was largely unsuccessful.
Muscat employs a similar style to Ange Postecoglou which would certainly draw attention to the Black Cats. It is for Sunderland to decide if the Australian’s achievements outside Europe can translate into success in the EFL Championship.
Frank Lampard had a promising start to his coaching career but the recent two seasons have been underwhelming at best. His latest interim spell with Chelsea was marked by a record of one win, two draws and eight losses as he inherited a struggling team from Graham Potter.
Lampard’s managerial debut came with Derby County in the EFL Championship in 2018/19 as he helped the Rams reach play-off spots. Promotion could not be attained, though, following the loss to Aston Villa in the final.
The former England international quickly moved to the Premier League as he was hired by Chelsea ahead of the 2019/20 term. His first year in charge saw the Blues finish inside the top four and reach the FA Cup final. However, he was sacked the following season when the team was ninth in the table.
Lampard also coached Everton for almost a year but could not improve their performances and was fired with the team at threat of relegation. A spell at the Stadium of Light would give the 45-year-old the chance to start anew.