Alex McLeish has confirmed his interest in succeeding Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.

The former Scotland boss is one of the bookmakers' favourites to take over at the Stadium of Light following the club’s decision to ditch Di Canio just five games into the new Premier League season.

McLeish 54 has been out of work since a short-lived stint at Nottingham Forest last season and asked if the Sunderland job would be of interest to him he told Hawksbee and Jacobs: "Of course it would. It's a big club.

"I am out of a job at the moment and it is a club that would certainly fascinate me in terms of going in there and trying to inject some confidence into those players."