BBC pundit Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day 2 Extra that he would be 'amazed' if Sam Allardyce became the new Sunderland manager.
The Black Cats parted company with manager Dick Advocaat on Sunday, with the Dutchman leaving his position following a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
That result means Sunderland remain without a Premier League win this season, and fans are hoping for a swift appointment over the international break to help kickstart their season.
The bookmakers have already been pricing up odds, as seen on Oddschecker, and ex-West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is the clear favourite right now.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving West Ham on the final day of last season, and having featured for Sunderland during his playing career, a return to Wearside may be on the cards for 'Big Sam' - despite having previously worked with Newcastle United.
Now though, former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day 2 that he would be 'amazed' if Allardyce were to take the Sunderland job, citing problems over the club's transfer policy as a reason why the 60-year-old should reject a move to the Stadium of Light.
"I would be amazed if Sam were to go in there in the current circumstances," said Shearer. "You always hear, whoever has left Sunderland, tell you the same problems. And the problems are that they don't have control over players coming in and players leaving, so I'd be amazed if Sam was to go in there under the current circumstance."
Allardyce would possibly want full control over the ins and outs at Sunderland, and with director of football Lee Congerton still in place, the Black Cats may have to rethink some aspects of their structure if they want to bring Allardyce back to the club.