It is expected that Dick Advocaat will depart the Stadium of Light at the end of season, as he is working on a short-term deal, and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of Allardyce at West Ham - though the Hammers boss wants to extend his stay in East London.
But given that discussions with the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle manager have been put off until the summer, there have been murmurs that he may be surplus to requirements, paving the way for him to move on.
It seems more than likely that Advocaat will leave Sunderland in the summer after being brought in with the aim of securing the club’s survival in the Premier League - with the Black Cats facing a crucial home game against Leicester City this weekend that could move them five points clear of the relegation zone.
Of course, in terms of who will be in charge of Sunderland next season, a lot will depend on which division they find themselves in for next season when it comes to the type of manager they can attract in order to take the club forward.
But this report seems to put the Allardyce rumour to bed for now.