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Paul Heckingbottom 'out of Sunderland running'

Sunderland reportedly end their pursuit of Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom for their managerial vacancy.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has reportedly been ruled out of the running to take over at Sunderland.

The Black Cats are currently in the hunt for a new boss after sacking Simon Grayson following the club's disastrous start to life back in the Championship, which has seen them pick up just one win in 16 games and drop to the bottom of the table.

The club have been linked with a number of names in recent weeks, including Wales manager Chris Coleman, ex-Rangers boss Ally McCoist and former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, while Michael O'Neill is said to have this week rejected an approach to swap the Northern Ireland national job for the Championship.

Heckingbottom was also thought to have been a target of the Sunderland hierarchy, who reportedly offered him a huge pay rise to take over at the Stadium of Light, but according to Sky Sports News, the club have now ended their pursuit.

Coleman remains the bookmakers' favourite for the role.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth1393123111230
2Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1383230191127
3Sunderland1366124131124
4Doncaster RoversDoncaster137332116524
5Barnsley126512371623
6Accrington StanleyAccrington136521713423
7Walsall126421512322
8Fleetwood Town135532112920
9Luton TownLuton135531715220
10Southend UnitedSouthend136251716120
11Charlton AthleticCharlton125341918118
12Coventry CityCoventry135351113-218
13Blackpool12381129317
14Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe134542026-617
15Burton Albion124261315-214
16Rochdale133461928-913
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury132651113-212
18Wycombe WanderersWycombe132651419-512
19Gillingham123271522-711
20AFC Wimbledon133281018-811
21Bristol Rovers13247913-410
22Bradford CityBradford133191020-1010
23Oxford UnitedOxford Utd132381323-109
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth13148922-137

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