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O’NEILL’S SCOTLAND OFFER COULD OPEN SUNDERLAND DOOR FOR ‘INTERESTED’ McCOIST

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ALLY McCOIST has put himself forward as a candidate for the vacant manager’s job at his old club Sunderland.

The 55 year old former Rangers boss has not worked in football since leaving the Ibrox side who he managed in the lower leagues of the Scottish game after the club was re-formed by Charles Green and began its journey in the old Scottish third division in 2012-13 season.

McCoist was asked if he wanted the Sunderland job, he replied “Of course. Why would you not? Sunderland is a fantastic club, a brilliant club. It’s a place very close to my heart, I’ve had season tickets there since I left, at Roker Park and the Stadium of Light.

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“I’ve shared my concerns. The North East for football in particular is arguably one of THE places in the United Kingdom. But I just feel the Sunderland fans for the first time I can remember, have clearly lost a little bit of heart and a little bit of belief.

“Their numbers are kind of dwindling so it’s massively important Sunderland get the right man.

“It would be a great job. You would hope there’s only one way they could go.”

The Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is a front-runner for the vacancy at Sunderland but he looks likely to be the next Scotland manager, replacing Gordon Strachan who quit after failing to get Scotland top the World Cup play-offs.

That could open the door for McCoist who won both the Scottish third and second division titles in his time as manager at Ibrox.

Last summer Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes declined the opportunity to manage Sunderland. Ironically he is currently the bookies favourite to take over from Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox.

McCoist is currently working as a media pundit on Talk Sport and on BT Sport.

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