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Craig Clark: Top 3 Picks For Next Sunderland Manager

The next appointment needs to be well thought out and the incoming head coach must have experience of working with a Managing Director or Director of Football. Here are three potential candidates I've selected with that criteria in mind.

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1. Unai Emery

Sevilla have endured a tough start to this La Liga season with Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Valencia leaving them with just 2 points from their opening 5 games. This comes after a summer where - like many of their Spanish counterparts - they have been forced to sell a significant number of important players. Perhaps then, the Premier League could in itself be enough to lure the Spanish tactician.

And if one of Di Canio's failings was his application of tactics, then it is one area where Emery does not fall down. His nous in terms of putting a team together is his hallmark as a manager. He is not only obsessed with tactics, however, he also demands commitment from his players, though not in the same way as Di Canio did. Emery expects a more cerebral investment from his players rather than following a regimental fitness regime, but the demands on their time would certainly go down well with our fans.

The questions would be whether the players would buy into this philosophy and whether he would adapt to life in England, having failed to impress in his only spell outside of Spain with Spartak Moscow. With many Spaniards working in English football, the culture shock would surely be less significant.

2. Rolando Maran

Catania came to my attention last season for two reasons; they were doing remarkably well in Serie A for a relatively small club and had a curiously large number of Argentinians in their squad. What I didn't take much note of was their manager, Rolando Maran.

The fact I hadn't even heard of him until I did a bit of searching this morning is actually one of the reasons I've picked him. After Di Canio's approach, I would love nothing more than to have a manager at the helm who was simply good at their job, rather than someone who constantly courts media attention.

I must confess to not knowing a great deal about him as a person, but tactically he favours a 4-3-3, which I think would benefit the players we have at the club. He also did remarkably well last season in getting Catania to finish in 8th in Serie A. Added to that is his experience of working with a Technical Director, which would stand him in good stead regarding our recently implemented transfer structure. Whilst on the face of it he lacks experience, so did Manuel Pocchetino and that has not stopped him doing well at Southampton. Catania have also started poorly this season and as previously mentioned are not a big club, whichs means he could be quite easily obtainable.

3. Fred Rutten

Last season's Vitesse Arnhem manager is currently out of a job after leaving the club in the summer. Rutten did brilliantly last season in achieving European football with a fourth place finish in the Dutch league and like Maran has experience of working with a Director of Football.

Atypically for a Dutch manager, Rutten is known for is somewhat negative tactical approach, but given the number of goals we've conceded this season, perhaps that is what is needed at present. Although his only spell outside of the Netherlands - with Schalke in Germany - was probably his least successful, there is no reason that another move abroad would not work out after a highly productive spell at PSV was followed by last season's efforts with Vitesse.

As Rutten is out of work he is also available without having to negotiate with a club and the offer of a chance to work in the Premier League would surely be enough to get him back into management.

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