Sunderland are looking for their next manager following the departure of Dick Advocaat, and a report in the Northern Echo has updated the Black Cats’ attempts to bring Sam Allardyce to the Stadium of Light.
The former West Ham and Newcastle boss is the favourite candidate amongst the halls of the Wearside club, but there have so far been reservations about his willingness to take the job.
Considering the international break is currently on, there is no rush to bring in a new boss, but Sunderland will make their decision concerning the former West Ham and Magpies’ man this weekend.
If Allardyce does not show any positive indications that he is keen on taking charge on Wearside before the end of the week, the Black Cats will move on from the ex-Hammers and Newcastle boss this weekend, and start approaching other targets.
Allardyce is aware of the interest from Sunderland, and although he has yet to hold formal talks, there is a belief that he would be open to the job, as long as he is given guarantees about future investment.
If this move for Allardyce collapses at the end of this week, the report names a few other candidates who are being considered by the Black Cats, with Nigel Pearson and Bob Bradley also in the frame behind Allardyce.