Niall Quinn says that the new Sunderland manager needs charisma and will need to bring all the players together following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio.
The former Sunderland chairman told talkSPORT: "Sunderland need someone to galvanise the dressing room.
"They need someone for the senior players to really buy into and show the younger players how it's done. They need someone charismatic to do that, someone who gives them a lift.
"They don't need someone who is going to go out and say, 'I'm in a hopeless situation here, these players are no good'. Sometimes managers try and buy themselves a bit of time by saying they have got a really tough job.
"They need a manager who believes in them, not someone who's going to do this because it's a journeyman type job, but someone who's going to roll their sleeves up, be charismatic and say, 'We're still fighting'."
Reports suggest that Sunderland will not name a new manager before Sunday's fixture against Liverpool, with American owner Ellis Short set to take his time over the appointment.
Di Canio showed his personality on the pitch at the end of the 3-0 defeat to West Brom in the league on Saturday by confronting the Sunderland following and listening to their shouted views.
Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola, Tony Pulis and Alex McLeish have all been linked with the job following Di Canio's sacking on Sunday evening, but it is former Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet who leads the way as the bookies favourite.
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