Former Sunderland captain Michael Gray believes former Manchester United star Gary Neville could be the man to take charge of the Black Cats, following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio.
Following a poor start to the season, Di Canio was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light and current England coach and Sky Sports pundit Neville has come in for some backing for the job.
Gray is confident Neville could take the club forward - but has stated that whoever does come in must be given time to turn things around in the north-east.
On the vacancy at Sunderland, speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs, Gray said: “We need stability at Sunderland now.
“There was Martin O’Neill, who didn’t get that long at the club, and now we’re talking about Paolo Di Canio, who has lost his job after just 13 games.
“Let’s have somebody who is going to be in charge for two or three seasons, whether that’s Di Matteo, Gus Poyet or even someone like Gary Neville. He’s fresh, enthusiastic, he’s been a part of the England squad, so why not have someone like him?”
Gray was also critical of the way Di Canio handled himself in the job and believes the former manager should have not openly criticised his players.
Gray continued by saying: “He was critical of the players in front of the camera.
“As a manager you have to keep things in house and he never did that. He wears his heart on his sleeve. There’s a time and place for it all and Paolo found the wrong place and the wrong time.”
Sunderland will be hoping to replace Di Canio quickly as the club sit at the foot of the Premier League table with just one point from their opening five games.