Former Saddler Ricky Sbragia is among a handful of candidates who have been interviewed for the vacancy with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell.
Sbragia resigned from being Sunderland manager in 2009 but remains with the club as chief scout.
Other names also in the running are Stuart McCall, Chris Sutton and former Celtic players John Hartson and Alan Stubbs have also been linked with the job vacated by Craig Brown.
It is believed Motherwell could make an announcement before their Boxing Day fixture with Rangers and parade the appointment to the media ahead of the game.
Sbragia started his playing days at Birmingham before making the short move up the M6 to Fellows Park which saw ‘The Saddlers’ part with a fee of £15,000 to secure his services. During his 77 games with the club, Ricky won promotion in the 1979–80 season after the team finished second in what was the old Fourth Division. In July 1980 the player was sold to Blackpool of the Second Division in a deal which handed Walsall a tidy £20,000 profit.
Sbragia only made one more move, spending 5 years at York City, he retired from playing in 1987 but stayed with the club coaching their youth-team. He guided the youth team into the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 1992–93 season for the first time in the club’s history.
In 1994 Sbragia headed Sunderland’s youth set up and stayed for 8 years before getting the call from Sir Alex at Manchester United where he took over the Reserve set up. The two star players to emerge under the former Saddler’s spell at Old Trafford were Kieran Richardson and Darren Fletcher.
Sam Allardyce recruited Sbragia as first team coach at Bolton in 2005 where he stayed for two years before re-joining Sunderland’s coaching team assisting Roy Keane. When the manager departed the caretaker reins were handed to Sbragia. After a 1-0 loss to Manchester United, a 4–0 victory over West Bromwich Albion and a 4–1 win at Hull City, Sbragia was appointed as permanent manager on an 18 month contract.
After guiding Sunderland to Premier League survival on the final day of the 2008/09 season, Sbragia resigned as manager of the club but was offered a job for life by Chairman Niall Quinn.
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