Sunderland's Premier League status is not yet confirmed but a win or draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening will see Dick Advocaat's side remain in the top flight.
It would prove a brilliant turnaround in fortunes at the Wearside club, who looked down and out before the turn of the year.
Advocaat's arrival as boss played a big part, seeing the 67-year-old re-form a group of players low on confidence and morale.
Known for his successes, mainly at Rangers, the Dutchman has already called time on his managerial career with the Premier League club, saying that he must move on and not break a promise he made to his wife when he took the job.
A number of replacements have already been linked, with former goalscorer Kevin Phillips discussing the role with the Sunderland Echo but saying he does not want to manage them - just yet.
David Moyes seems to be the most viable option, according to a report in The Sun, and it is highly expected that he will make a return to English football this summer after struggling to adapt with Real Sociedad in Spain.
The Scottish coach joined the Basque side in November but has failed to help them achieve a top half finish in Spanish football's top tier.
Of course, any decision will depend on whether or not the Black Cats can remain in the Premier League, but sources close to the former United boss have reportedly said that the Scottish coach would jump at the chance to move back to England.