Sunderland's head coach search heads into another week after more twists over the weekend which saw Dutchman Pascal Jansen ruled out of the running.

Jansen, the former AZ Alkmaar head coach, held talks with the club and was recently in the frame to take over at the Stadium of Light before it was revealed he was no longer under consideration over the weekend. 

Jansen was a new name liked which followed the likes of St. Mirren's Stephen Robinson and Stockport County's Dave Challinor - both of whom were also ruled out, with neither holding discussions on Wearside. 

Jansen's profile appeared to fit the bill with what Sunderland's model is designed for in developing younger players with the possibility of selling those assets on, but the 51-year-old is now another name to scratch off the list. 

Majority owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus addressed Sunderland supporters in a club statement on Friday whereby he insisted an appointment would be made 'imminently' with the club entering the final stages of proceedings. That could tie in with Jansen no longer being in the frame as the club whittles down it's candidates before making its decision. 


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One of those names still under consideration is believed to be Queens Park Rangers boss Marti Cifuentes. The Spaniard arrived at Loftus Road in October and guided the club to safety in the Championship, earning several plaudits along the way, with the 41-year-old also believed to be attracting the interest of Burnley who remain in the market to find Vincent Kompany's successor. 

Liam Rosenior also remains available to Sunderland with the former Hull City boss having held talks with the club's hierarchy - a matter discussed in the latest We Are Sunderland briefing.

Matty Hewitt and Joe Ramage reflect on Sunderland's recent head coach developments as well as look ahead to the transfer window opening and the need for key contract talks with the likes of Chris Rigg and Jack Clarke. 

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