Sam Allardyce isn't ready to return to management, according to reports.
The Sun report that Sunderland still want to hold talks with Sam Allardyce - despite being told that the former West Ham manager isn't ready to return to football yet.
It's now reported by The Sun that manager Dick Advocaat may leave the club regardless of the result this afternoon, leaving chairman Ellis Short to consider potential replacements.
The report suggests that whilst Nigel Pearson, Burnley's Sean Dyche and Reading's Steve Clarke could be considered, the Black Cats had hoped to land a swift appointment in former Sunderland player Sam Allardyce.
The 60-year-old left West Ham back in May, and hasn't been involved in management since, as he waits for the right role - and despite the chance to return to his former club, it's stated that Allardyce has no intention of returning to management right now.
Regardless, Short reportedly wants talks with Allardyce next week in a valiant attempt to make him reconsider his stance and hand him a return to Wearside, if Advocaat does leave.
Any search for a new manager depends entirely on the future of Advocaat, whose situation will be closely monitored after the final whistle against West Ham this evening. It may not be entirely the Dutchman's fault that Sunderland have started so slowly, but something must change at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland in a perennial fight against relegation.