Shambolic Sunderland have admitted: ‘We don’t know what we’re doing’ after being snubbed by another managerial target.
Preston boss Simon Grayson followed in the footsteps of Aberdeen chief Derek McInnes by distancing himself from the relegated Black Cats yesterday.
It came as the Wearsiders took the unusual step of publicly conceding they would not be able to make any promises to potential replacements for David Moyes with owner Ellis Short trying to sell the club.
A statement read: “Since the end of the season, our focus has been to appoint a new manager.
“Recently, however, discussions have been entered into with parties who have expressed an interest in acquiring ownership of the club.
“With this backdrop, we have been unable to give the assurances any potential candidate would need regarding the plans a new owner could have for the manager’s position. The recruitment process, whilst still very much active, cannot therefore be concluded imminently.”
There will be no money to spend for the man who takes over at Sunderland – despite the £30million sale of keeper Jordan Pickford to Everton this week.
Grayson insisted he is “fully committed” to Preston with the desperate Black Cats widening their manager search.
Grayson – in the frame before McInnes turned Sunderland down this week – said: “As far as I’m concerned there’s a lot of speculation about a lot of different jobs, but I’m fully committed to working out what we’re doing for the season at Preston.
“I don’t consider it whatsoever until someone says something different, whether it’s Sunderland or any other job.
“We’ve had a good couple of years in the Championship and we want to keep improving. We were on the periphery of the play-offs last season and just ran out of steam in the back end of the season.
“I’ve been there just over four years now and really enjoyed my time. You just get on and do what you do and I’m focused on trying to get things right at Preston.”