Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has suggested in The Daily Mail that Sam Allardyce would be a good manager for Sunderland.
Allardyce is currently in charge of West Ham United and will remain so until the end of the season.
However, there is no certainty that the Englishman will be kept on by the Hammers thereafter, as his contract runs out in the summer and no new deal is in place.
Sunderland recently appointed Dick Advocaat as their manager following the dismissal of Gus Poyet last week.
The Dutchman has been given a contract that runs until the summer, and Carragher seems to believe that he will not be given a new deal.
“If all goes well with Advocaat, maybe Sunderland will review the decision to offer him only a short-term contract,” the former Liverpool defender wrote in The Daily Mail on Friday.
“But I have a feeling that Sunderland’s hierarchy will be looking at the West Ham dug-out at a manager who looks like he may be on his way in the summer and thinking, “What if?”.
“If Sam Allardyce does leave West Ham, he would suit Sunderland down to the ground.”
Will Sam Allardyce suit Sunderland?
Sunderland are a big club, but they are pretty much happy to just remain in the Premier League.
Although the Black Cats' fans want more from the team, it does not look feasible that they will be able to compete for a top-10 finish anytime soon.
Allardyce has a great track record of keeping clubs in the Premier League or bringing them back to the English top flight following relegation.
From that perspective, the 60-year-old would be a good appointment. Allardyce can work in a limited budget, and that is going to be helpful for Sunderland as well.