Dwight Yorke completes his coaching qualifications this year and would welcome the managerial job at Sunderland if Dick Advocaat decides to quit once the 2014/15 campaign ends.
Football fans are usually more welcoming of former players when it comes to the filling of managerial vacancies, but there is a possibility that they would prefer Advocaat to remain in charge after seeing him secure Premier League safety for The Black Cats.
It has been a tough season for the Stadium of Light outfit and without the support of their current Dutch manager, Sunderland could be preparing for life in the dog-eat-dog world of the Championship.
The Sunderland board will be look on to next season with or without Advocaat hoping to avoid another relegation battle, and Yorke believes that he has unfinished business at the club which could make him an ideal candidate to help guide them forward.
"I feel that I'm in a good place now that it is something that would be very appealing to me if and when that job does come about maybe it is something that I would really consider looking into," Yorke told Kikka.com.
"I take football very seriously and I've learnt a lot over the years being a professional footballer for a number of years, been part of a backroom staff, learning my coaching badges and I feel that one day, given the chance, the opportunity may come along at Sunderland. It would be a team of great interest to me because I feel I've got unfinished business there.
"At the moment we know Dick Advocaat is the manager there and we wish him well. Again they are a club that I have a great deal of admiration for.
"I had three years at Sunderland at pretty much the end of my career but despite all of that I had a really good relationship, of course with Roy Keane being the manager who brought me into the club.
"I've seen from the outside, when I turned up at the Sunderland training ground thinking 'I'm not sure about this' but when I got there to my surprise the facilities and the surroundings and everything else, you hear all these rumours about being in Sunderland, but when I got there it is actually unbelievable.
"In terms of fans, if you're doing well you get over 40,000 people in the stadium which is incredible in the North East there. We know Newcastle are just up the road but the passion that the fans show is just incredible. They support the team through and through whether it is in the Championship or the Premier League.
"For now I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing but who's to say that one day I couldn't be the Sunderland manager?"
One thing is for certain, Yorke appears to be very keen to get his managerial career kick-started. Something that has come as a surprise down the years is how average Sir Alex Ferguson's former players have been as Premier League bosses, but maybe the former Manchester United striker can offer something different.