According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are still looking to appoint Real Madrid coach Paul Clement as their long-term manager despite Dick Advocaat being on the verge of taking the reins at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats decided to part company with manager Gus Poyet on Monday, just 48 hours after Sunderland suffered an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.
That has left Sunderland just one point clear of relegation, and Poyet has been allowed to leave the club, with Advocaat set to replace him.
The 67-year-old Dutchman, famed in Britain for having managed Rangers in the late 1990's, told Voetbal International that he has agreed a deal to manage Sunderland until the end of the season.
It seems that Sunderland want to establish which division they are in before appointing a long-term manager this summer, and Real Madrid coach Clement is believed to be one of their choices should they stay up.
Clement, 42, is one of the most highly rated coaches in Europe having been Carlo Ancelotti's right hand man at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and now Real Madrid.
He has though yet to manage a team on his own, and the Daily Mail believe Sunderland will offer him that chance this summer.
Clement and Sunderland's sporting director Lee Congerton are familiar with each other having worked together at Chelsea, and that relationship could help Sunderland's bid to lure him to the Premier League - but they may need to guarantee Premier League survival to have a chance of hiring him.