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Mark Hughes Closing In On Vacant Sunderland Managerial Post

Former Man City boss leading race to become Stadium of Light boss.

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Mark Hughes is the leading choice to be the next Sunderland manager ahead of bookmakers’ favourite Martin O’Neill, BBC Sport understands.

Hughes, 48, resigned as Fulham boss in June to “further my experiences” and believes the Black Cats can match his ambitions.

Sunderland insist they have no preferred choice to replace Steve Bruce, who was sacked on Wednesday.

Former Aston Villa manager O’Neill, 59, is the bookies’ odds-on favourite.

O’Neill, who has not had a club since he left Aston Villa in August 2010, has been regularly tipped for vacant posts at high-profile teams in the last 12 months.

Hughes began his managerial career as Wales boss in 1999 before spells with Blackburn and Manchester City. He left Fulham after less than a year in charge.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

If Mark Hughes was appointed Sunderland boss he would incredibly be the fourth Black Cats manager in a row who has strong Man United ties, folllowing Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia and Steve Bruce.

Sunderland axed Bruce after a poor start to the season, which came after the 50 year old was handed significant funds to bring in new additions in the summer. It is worth noting however that Bruce did secure the club’s best finish in ten years last term.

Hughes is thought to be ready to return to management and could be the right man for the job and whilst Martin O’Neill is the bookies favourite for the post the former Celtic and Aston Villa boss may feel that taking the job at the Stadium of Light after after 16 months out of the game, may be a tad risky.

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