Three names in frame for Sunderland job as club steps up search

Simon Grayson
Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson has been installed as the new favourite for the Sunderland manager's job – with Derek McInnes and Nigel Pearson hard on his heels.

The Black Cats search for a new boss today stretches into a third week, following on from David Moyes' resignation over budget concerns.

Derek McInnes remains favourite for the job with many bookmakers

Derek McInnes remains favourite for the job with many bookmakers

And while Aberdeen's McInnes remains the most likely manager to end up in the Stadium of Light hotseat with most bookmakers, the odds have tumbled on Preston boss Grayson over the weekend.

The 47-year-old was priced at 40/1 just seven days ago but has been backed in to as short as 7/4 with SkyBET.

That places him as the favourite in their book, ahead of 2/1 shot McInnes.

Elsewhere former Huddersfield Town and Leeds United boss Grayson can be backed at around 5/2 or 3/1.

Nigel Pearson's odds have shortened over the weekend

Nigel Pearson's odds have shortened over the weekend

At present Grayson is away on holiday, as is Dons boss McInnes – who is due to return to the UK next week after a fortnight break in Florida.

Nigel Pearson has been installed as the third favourite for the role, with Ally McCoist also backed.

Pearson was heavily backed over the weekend after specualtion claimed he’d been spotted in Sunderland.

Out-of-work Paul Lambert's odds have drifted

Out-of-work Paul Lambert's odds have drifted

Ryan Giggs distanced himself from the Sunderland job last week

Ryan Giggs distanced himself from the Sunderland job last week