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Sunderland 'offer manager Paul Heckingbottom huge pay rise to leave Barnsley'

Sunderland have reportedly turned their focus to luring Paul Heckingbottom away from Barnsley after being put off appointing Ally McCoist and Walter Smith.

Championship basement boys Sunderland have reportedly offered Paul Heckingbottom £750,000 a year to leave Barnsley and take over at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats remain without a boss, 15 days after parting company with Simon Grayson on the back of a 3-3 home draw against fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

A number of names are said to be in the frame to replace Grayson on a permanent basis, including former Rangers managerial duo Ally McCoist and Walter Smith.

According to The Sun, Sunderland hit a snag in talks with the pair and have instead turned their focus solely to Heckingbottom, who is currently one of the division's lowest-paid bosses at Barnsley.

The report claims that Heckingbottom, barely on a six-figure salary at Oakwell, is interested in potentially teaming up with Robbie Stockdale and leading the North-East outfit back up the table.

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Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, looks on during the pre season friendly match between Derby County and Rangers at iPro Stadium on August 2, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Sunderland1476126131327
3Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1483330201027
4Accrington StanleyAccrington147521813526
5Doncaster RoversDoncaster147432419525
6Barnsley136522391423
7Luton TownLuton146531915423
8Walsall136431514122
9Charlton AthleticCharlton136342118321
10Coventry CityCoventry146351314-121
11Fleetwood Town145542113820
12Blackpool13481149520
13Southend UnitedSouthend146261818020
14Burton Albion135261617-117
15Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe144552229-717
16Rochdale144462128-716
17Wycombe WanderersWycombe143651721-415
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury142661115-412
19Gillingham133371825-712
20Bristol Rovers14257913-411
21AFC Wimbledon143291020-1011
22Oxford UnitedOxford Utd142481323-1010
23Bradford CityBradford1431101022-1210
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth141491125-147

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