Sunderland chairman Ellis Short wants Roberto Di Matteo to replace the out-going Paulo Di Canio, according to Sky Sports.
Di Matteo has been seen as the perfect replacement from Sunderland's point of view. The Italian worked wonders at Chelsea, winning the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012.
Paulo Di Canio was removed from his position as Sunderland boss after the Black Cats failed to win any their first five games in the Premier League this season, despite spending big in the summer.
And Di Canio's style of management had been criticised right from the start. His 'dictatorial' approach to his team has been said to have cost him his job.
The bookies have made Di Matteo favourite to take over the reigns at Sunderland this season, although other high-profile names have been mentioned, including Gus Poyet, Gianfranco Zola, Steve McClaren and Tony Pulis.
Sunderland are understood to be looking for a manager who has multilingual qualities to help with the development of the overseas talent at the Stadium Of Light.
Rumours circulating on Monday hinted that a meeting had been organised by the owner Ellis Short to immediately draw up a list of possible successors.
Di Matteo's CV has certainly made for impressive reading. The Italian won promotion with West Bromwich Albion in 2010; guided Chelsea to European and domestic honours in 2012; won the Swiss Sports Personality of the year award in the same year; won the Premier League manager of the month award in September 2010; and enjoyed success as a player in the Premier League from 1996-2002.
With Sunderland currently sitting bottom of the Premier League, with just one point to their name this season, it's no wonder Di Matteo is favourite for the job.
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