According to the Daily Star, Sunderland were a matter of hours way from appointing Sean Dyche as their new manager before Dick Advocaat performed a shock U-turn.
The Black Cats brought Advocaat in to save the club in March having become mired in a relegation battle under predecessor Gus Poyet, and former Rangers boss Advocaat managed to keep Sunderland in the Premier League - only to then announce that he would be retiring from management.
However, the 67-year-old confirmed earlier this week that he had changed his mind and would be returning to the Stadium of Light on a one-year deal, as reported by the club's official website.
Yet in the time where Sunderland thought Advocaat was gone, they clearly had to make plans for a new manager - and it seems that they were very, very close to landing one.
The Daily Star believe that Burnley boss Dyche was a matter of hours away from being announced as the Sunderland manager, only for Advocaat's U-turn to scupper the deal.
Dyche, 43, has earned plenty of plaudits for not only earning promotion with Burnley in 2014, but also for helping the Clarets compete in the top flight despite having the smallest budget in the division.
Burnley were eventually relegated which could have made Dyche available - but it seems that a potential move to hand him an immediate return to the Premier League was crushed by Advocaat's change of heart.