The least familiar name on this list to fans of English football, Walter Mazzarri, as the name suggests, has built his reputation in Italy.
Having managed the likes of Napoli and most recently Inter Milan, the 54-year-old has taken charge in a number of high-profile matches and with Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
However, he was sacked at Inter after a string of disappointing results and has been out of football since last November.
He became famous for his 3-5-2 at Napoli in which he let his attacking players like Edison Cavani flourish – a very anti-Italian way of playing.
Would Sunderland want him? Doubt it. Although Sunderland targeted Roberto Mancini in his Inter Milan days I highly doubt they will take the risk of appointing someone that hasn’t managed in England at this moment. Despite his experience, many managers (just ask Louis van Gaal) have proved that adapting to ferocious style of the Premier League can take time.
Would he want it? You’ll have to ask him. Mazzarri, who has also been linked with the Liverpool post, is keen to get back into football and is thought to be taking English lessons. However, after a poor spell at the San Siro, he will have to regain the belief from his Napoli days if he is able to confidently step in and convince his players they can survive.
Would he be the right fit? No. He has managed big clubs in recent times so if it were to come to it I highly doubt the respected Italian would take the step into the Championship. He would also be keen to change a lot in terms of tactics and shape which can take time to get over to the players. The language barrier could also prove problems at a time when clear communication is needed more than ever.
1. Sam Allardyce
2. Sean Dyche
3. Nigel Pearson
4. David Moyes
5. Walter Mazzarri