Despite that, interim boss Advocaat is expected to leave the club this summer, with Sunderland likely to appoint a more long-term solution to their recent problems in the dugout.
The likes of Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet have all tried and failed on Wearside in recent years, and the latest manager Sunderland are being linked with is Skrypnyk.
The 45-year-old has only been in charge of Werder Bremen since October 2014, but has impressed in the Bundesliga, with Sunderland now ready to fight with West Ham United to land the Ukrainian this summer.
Skrypnyk is certainly an unknown outside of Germany, but his impressive record with Werder so far suggests that he could be one of the brightest up-and-coming managers right now.
With Sunderland's safety now guaranteed, their task will now be to find a long-term replacement for Advocaat - and Skrypnyk appears to be on their radar if reports are to be believed.