Stefan Schwarz is reportedly keen on the managerial vacancy at Sunderland FC. David Moyes’ resignation means the Black Cats would need a new coach – the eighth one in less than six seasons.

However, Kevin Phillips, and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson are the favourites, according to the bookies for the role.

Schwarz used to play alongside Phillips. He is fondlyremembered by the fans as a member of the side that secured back-to-back seventh-place finishes under Peter Reid in 2000 and 2001.

“I spent four very good years at Sunderland and it is a club that I care very much for”, but was a guest at the Black Cats’ final two home games of the season. I have played for some very big clubs in Europe and won a lot of trophies, but my time at Sunderland is right up there with any of those,” the 48-year-old said.

Schwarz has the experience as a top player in four of the big leagues. He featured for Sunderland and Arsenal in England. He also has experience playing for Valencia in the La Liga aside spending time in the Serie A with Fiorentina and the German Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Swede played for his country in two World Cup tournaments, and he was in the team that reached third place in USA 1994. He worked as an agent in Portugal and he is believed to be at least conversational in six languages.

Schwarz has a FIFA Pro License and coaching experience as assistant manager of Helsingborg. He also helped the Sweden’s U21, mentoring them.

Many more coaches are been linked with the role as Sunderland want to regain top flight status as soon as possible.