Karanka heads market to replace sacked Grayson

Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is the bookmakers' favourite to replace the sacked Simon Grayson as Sunderland's next boss.

Karanka is 4-1 with Hills to claim the Stadium of Light vacancy following Grayson's dismissal following Tuesday's 3-3 draw with fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton at the Stadium of Light.

Ex-Black Cats boss Peter Reid is a slightly surprising springer in the market and is as short as 11-4 in places but as big as 6-1, while early market leader Kevin Phillips has drifted to 9-1 with Sky Bet.

Sunderland sit 22nd in the Championship and are 7-4 to be relegated.

Match in Focus

19:30 Fr 27Apr BT3

Hoffenheim v Hannover

Home Win Draw Away Win
Expert verdict
These are two sides going in different directions. Hoffenheim are making an assault on a Champions League spot after five wins and two draws in their last seven. They’ve scored 22 goals in those games, while Hannover, in contrast, have won just two of their last 13 and face being blown away by the top-four chasing hosts.



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