Sunderland's search for a head coach continues as a new name has been linked with the vacant role at the Stadium of Light over the weekend. 

Bo Svensson, former Mainz head coach, is the latest name touted for a move to Wearside, joining the likes of Will Still, Danny Rohl, Rene Maric and Paul Heckingbottom to have been credited with filling the head coach role vacated by Michael Beale in February. 


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Sunderland parted company with Beale after just 12 games of his reign having admitted to an error in judgement before placing Mike Dodds in interim charge for the final 13 games of the Championship season. Dodds' spell left plenty to be desired as Sunderland slid down the league table to a 16th placed finish with the emphasis now heavily based upon a permanent replacement. 

The club's decision to install Dodds was to allow time to identify the right candidate with Svensson now the latest linked. The former Danish defender stepped down from Mainz earlier this season after a winless start to their Bundesliga campaign. Svensson made over 100 appearances for Mainz from 2007 to 2014 and returned as head coach in 2021 with the club in the relegation zone where he was able to guide them to safety before finishing eighth last season.

Sunderland's head coach search is understood to be progressing as the club narrows down its final candidates and the latest We Are Sunderland briefing considers the pros and cons of their search since February. 

Matty Hewitt and Joe Ramage reflect on the names linked with a move to the Stadium of Light as well as other topics such as Sunderland's use of the loan market and strikers linked with a summer move to Wearside. 

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