Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has recommended that his old side appoint Sam Allardyce on Sky Sports.
The Black Cats are looking for someone to take over from Dick Advocaat and Quinn thinks that they should look no further than Allardyce.
West Ham United decided to part ways with the experienced manager at the end of this season and Quinn believes that the Wearsiders should capitalise on the current situation.
"I think (they need) someone who can get them away from that fear that runs through the football club when they start off badly in the football season, as has happened in a good few seasons," he said. “I certainly would check out if Big Sam was interested.”
Allardyce was let go by West Ham because his preferred style of football - which encourages his side to be disciplined and robust - did not fit in with the ethos of the London club.
Although Allardyce did guide them into the Premier League and then make them an established side in the top tier, he never fully won over the detractors and his departure seemed inevitable, with his contract coming to an end.
The job he did at the Boleyn Ground was still impressive, though, and Sunderland would be wise to consider him.
Every club Allardyce has been in charge of has always moved forward under his stewardship and Sunderland would be hoping that he could guide them up the Premier League standings too.