Eight names Portsmouth fans will be very familiar with as list of Sunderland manager contenders emerge - gallery

Take a look through the supposed runners and riders for the vacant manager’s job at Sunderland and it’s a who’s who of footballing head coaches/bosses.

A host of names from home and abroad are supposedly contenders for the position made available after the Black Cats’ decision to part company with Tony Mowbray on Monday night.

They range from Thierry Henry to Roy Keane, from Paul Heckingbottom to Will Sill and Steven Schumacher to current bookies’ favourite Julien Sable, who is the current assistant manager at Nice.

With Pompey fans well-versed on this type of process, bearing in mind the Blues’ search for Danny Cowley’s replacement is still less than 12 months ago, they know these names will get whittled down as the serious contenders get separated from the also-rans.

But until then, the Fratton faithful will recognise quite a few others who are currently ‘in the running’ for the Stadium of Light tole.

Here’s eight names they’ll be more than familiar with - either through previous Fratton Park’s positions or links with the club in recent times – as Sunderland’s search for a new manager continues.