According to The Sun, Sunderland are considering a move for ex-Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster as they look to replace Dick Advocaat.
Advocaat only arrived at Sunderland in March after replacing previous manager Gus Poyet, and was immediately charged with the challenge of keeping the Black Cats in the top flight.
The Dutchman, formerly of Rangers, achieved his task before the final day of the season, but is now off to enjoy his retirement at the age of 67 - and whilst Sunderland fans were desperate for him to stay, the club now must find a replacement this summer.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is currently the favourite with the bookmakers, but The Sun now believe that German Schuster is now in the running for the job.
The 55-year-old has been out of work since leaving Malaga last summer, and whilst The Chronicle recently reported that Schuster wouldn't be the next Newcastle manager, he could yet find his way to the North East - only on Wearside rather than Tyneside.
Schuster has a long managerial career which has seen him take charge of Fortuna Koln, FC Koln, Xerez, Shakhtar Donetsk, Levante, Getafe, Real Madrid, Besiktas and Malaga, and now a move to England could be a possibility for the former Barcelona midfielder.
Schuster would be an Advocaat-like appointment in that he brings a wealth of experience but little recent success - and it would be a surprise to see Sunderland gamble on that for a long-term appointment despite the links to Schuster.