So many have failed at Sunderland, the expectation is huge, so really hard to exceed that expectation. I would not mind if Holloway had one more successful managerial appointment, but not Sunderland. He would 'run there' if it was to be on offer...............no Ian, don't! He would also link up with Joel Lynch..................no Ian, don't! Stick to TV work and keep the positive part of your managerial career intact please.
Meanwhile, the future of Reading Manager Jose Gomes seems to be in doubt with Mark Hughes the bookies favourite to replace him. Would not be a huge surprise given that Joorabchian is currently advisor to the Reading Board and that Mark Bowen is Reading's 'Sporting Director'. Hughes could be in the chair when we play them in a couple of weeks. Only difference to history repeating itself is that this time Reading are already under FFP pressures before they can 'get to work' on rebuilding the squad! The only thing that puzzles me is how and why multiple clubs are prepared to ignore history and make the same mistakes.
However, Barnsley win promotion with limited resources, sell their best players and then sack their manager (Stendel) when they become relegation favourites, 10 games without a win......................only in football.
Millwall are rivalling Sunderland for the services of Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth, Sky Sports News understands.
The South London club are managerless after Neil Harris quit last week and want to speak to Ainsworth after the excellent job he has done during seven years at Adams Park.
Wycombe have given permission for Ainsworth to speak to other clubs, determined not to stand in his way should he wish to move on.
And Sunderland approached Wycombe along with four other clubs for permission to speak to their managers swiftly after sacking Jack Ross earlier this week.
Further Championship sides Reading and Barnsley are also without managers after dismissing Daniel Stendel and Jose Gomes respectively this week.
It is understood Ainsworth could also be under consideration at the Royals but he is unlikely to be sought by the Tykes after both Wycombe and Ainsworth turned down their interest in 2018.
Sky Sports News reported earlier this week that free agent Gary Rowett is also understood to be on Millwall’s list along with former player Tim Cahill, but Rowett is not interested in speaking to League One Sunderland.
Sunderland also contacted Wigan to speak to Paul Cook and Coventry to speak to Mark Robins, but the latter club rejected their approach and Robins signed a new contract earlier on Friday.
But it will nob Hughes according to SSN: READING ALREADY ON HUNT
Reading have already begun drawing up a list of candidates to replace Jose Gomes, according to Sky sources.
Contrary to reports, we’re told Mark Hughes will not be on the shortlist and they plan to make an appointment as soon as possible. Reading’s next game is against Preston at home in 10 days time.
So Mark Hughes declined to interview Reading. Mark Bowen given the job to find the new manager and appoints himself in the role. www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50055214 There are so many badly run clubs because some owners never seem to learn.....................Reading are right up there though! Meanwhile, Millwall have a shortlist of 3: Ainsworth, Barrett & Rowett www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50057939