It is probable that Advocaat will leave the club this summer, with his main aim of securing survival in the top flight. However, that task is proving harder than many would have guessed, and playing in the Championship next season is a real possibility.
With the Sunderland management already planning for next term, it is good to see them lining up three potential successors for Advocaat, and they are certainly aiming for a specific type of coach.
Sam Allardyce, Garry Monk and Paul Clement are the three named on the shortlist, and they all fulfil the criteria of a coach who can change the entire running of the club, which is Sunderland’s main aim for their new boss.
The latter two are young coaches with a long-term plan, and whilst Allardyce is older, he has shown to be someone who can revitalise lagging clubs with wholesale changes and an analytical approach to the game.
However, there is one potential problem with all three targets that the Black Cats do not seem to be catering for - relegation.
As per the report, Clement has written off joining a Championship club with other top flight sides interested in him, whilst Allardyce could easily walk into a Premier League job if other teams come in for him.
Monk is still contracted to a Swansea team who are looking to fight for European football next term, and the project he has started there - progressing from player to manager - would likely rule him out regardless of Sunderland’s top flight status.
The Black Cats are doing well to prepare for next term with a new manager in place, but they are yet to account for relegation. This could be a major spanner in the works heading into next term, with all their planning set to be thrown out the window in a frantic search for a boss who wants the job in the second tier.