Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has urged owner Ellis Short not to appoint a journeyman manager as Paolo Di Canio's replacement.
The Texan is currently assessing his options - former Brighton boss Gus Poyet has emerged as the bookmakers' favourite - after showing the 45-year-old Italian the door on Sunday evening with the dressing room in disarray.
"Sunderland need someone to galvanise the dressing room.
They need someone for the senior players to really buy into and show the younger players how it's done. They need someone charismatic to do that, someone who gives them a lift.
They don't need someone who is going to go out and say, 'I'm in a hopeless situation here, these players are no good'. Sometimes managers try and buy themselves a bit of time by saying they have got a really tough job.
They need...someone who's going to roll their sleeves up, be charismatic and say, 'We're still fighting'."
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