Dick Advocaat could be facing his last game in charge of Sunderland this weekend, as the Black Cats host West Ham United, and a report in the Northern Echo names the manager Sunderland chiefs are targeting if the Dutch boss is to leave.
Sean Dyche of Burnley has been named as the Black Cats prime candidate to take over the helm at the Stadium of Light, having been linked with a move to Wearside over the summer.
The report claims that Dyche had agreed to take charge of Sunderland over the summer, following Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League, but Advocaat backtracked on his decision to leave, meaning the 44-year-old Englishman started this season still at Turf Moor.
However, with Advocaat’s future once again under threat, Dyche has been earmarked by the Sunderland board as the best manager to take the Black Cats forward.
There have been rumours of Patrick Vieira potentially being Sunderland’s next manager, but the Echo report understands that he is far below Dyche in the order of preference that club chiefs have drawn up.