Alex McLeish is one of the bookmakers' favourites to take over at the Stadium of Light following the club’s decision to ditch Di Canio just five games into the new Premier League season.
McLeish, 54, has been out of work since a short-lived stint at Nottingham Forest last season after managing the likes of Birmingham, Aston Villa and the Scottish national side.
The Scot told talkSPORT: "Of course I would like to take up the role at Sunderland. It's a big club.
"It would certainly fascinate me in terms of going in there and trying to inject some confidence into those players."
McLeish has become one of the frontrunners alongside Gus Poyet for the job after Gianfranco Zola cooled speculation linking him with the position.
Poyet became available after failing in an appeal of his sacking at Brighton and Hove Albion – the Uruguayan took his former club to the play-offs where they lost in the semi-final to eventual winners Crystal Palace.
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