Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been made a no. 1 target and offered a managerial place by Sunderland who seek to replace their recently sacked boss Paolo Di Canio.
Di Matteo has been out of work since he was removed from his position as Chelsea's manager last November, but he is still highly rated due to his success in leading the Stamford Bridge club to their first Champions League glory and another FA Cup in just eight months.
Gus Poyet and Tony Pulis are also targets for the job but Di Matteo, the man they regard as a steady pair of hands, is the favoured candidate of the club's sporting director Roberto De Fanti; his historical achievements with Chelsea have lent him such credence.
Nevertheless, even amid such preferential treatments, the 43-year-old manager is yet to accept the offer. He is reported to be having reservations about taking up a job in a club where there are 14 new signings and 13 sacked and released players.
But whilst Di Matteo takes his time to ponder over his right career move, Sunderland are reportedly not in a rush to make an immediate appointment. They are content for caretaker manager Kevin Ball to stabilise the squad over the next two games in an attempt to steady the ship for any incoming coach.
The Black Cats want to ease off the pressures suffered by the players under the previous coach Di Canio and as such, they are reportedly not ready to appoint anyone until October 5.
With such time-space, Sunderland hope to persuade the former Chelsea manager to accept this deal as his right move.
Perhaps, should Di Matteo accept the deal and move to the Stadium of Light, Sunderland may be salvaged from their poor run of form and achieve a remarkable success like Chelsea did two seasons ago.
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