Sunderland yet to approach Barnsley over managerial target Paul Heckingbottom

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Sunderland are ready to offer Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom a £750,000-a-year package plus bonuses to become their new boss, according to reports in The Sun.

Heckingbottom distanced himself from the role when quizzed about being linked to the job before the worldwide break.

Heckingbottom pledged his future to the club in the wake of Simon Grayson's sacking last month.

At the time the 40-year-old said: "Apart from you asking me about it now, it's not even in my head".

Along with Heckingbottom, rival names have been considered, including former Middlesbrough chief Aitor Karanka and ex-Rangers boss and one-time Sunderland striker Ally McCoist, who worked with Bain at Ibrox.

Heckingbottom recently expressed concerns - not for the first time - at the sense of limbo at the club, with a protracted takeover involving a consortium including Chinese businessman Chien Lee and American investor Paul Conway yet to be completed.

It would take a lot for Heckingbottom to turn down such an astronomical offer, which will be a massive increase on his current pay packet with the Tykes.

He is understood to want the job and he ticks numerous boxes Sunderland are looking for. "Everybody knows what I think of the place".

Heckingbottom has built an excellent reputation for himself at Barnsley, competing on a very limited budget - which is likely to be a major plus point when it comes to Sunderland, given the circumstances he could find himself in at the Stadium of Light.

And he has the chance to do that now, having bought in a number of young, talented players in the summer.

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