Sunderland’s hunt for a new manager will turn to Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder after Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes turned down the Black Cats yesterday.

Wilder has been identified as Sunderland’s new target after leading the Blades to the League One title last season and the manager has also been linked with the vacant role at Crystal Palace.

It’s been said that Sam Allardyce recommended Wilder as his replacement at Selhurst Park, while Sunderland recognise his tough mentality as a much-needed skill in their first season back in the Championship.

Wilder took over at Bramall Lane after a similarly successful season at Northampton, where he win promotion and guided them to the League Two title.

McInnes was the number one target but chose to stay in Scotland after meeting Sunderland representatives yesterday, despite a compensation package being agreed with Aberdeen.

Sunderland have been without a manager since Moyes resigned from his position in May following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.



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