According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are plotting a move to appoint Celtic's long-serving chief executive Peter Lawwell this summer - but their attempts may fall flat.
There will be questions about the future of manager Sam Allardyce and many players if Sunderland do go down, but even before that, Sunderland are looking for a new chief executive following Margaret Byrne's resignation, and the club are eyeing up possible replacements for the end of the season.
The Daily Mail claim that, whilst Chris Turner is being considered for the role having been chief executive of League One side Chesterfield, it's Celtic man Lawwell who is wanted by the Black Cats.
Lawwell, 56, has been Celtic's chief executive since way back in 2003, and during his long stay with the Glasgow giants, he has been credited with being the most influential figure at the club, overseeing eight league title wins, with a ninth imminent this season.
The Scot has built up quite the reputation in Scotland, and it's claimed that Sunderland are keen to bring him in thanks to his great work with Celtic's finances over the last 13 years.
However, it's also suggested that Lawwell hasn't given any indication that he would leave Celtic, having supported the club as a child, and Sunderland precarious situation in the Premier League could make their chances of landing Lawwell even slimmer - meaning they may have to look elsewhere this summer, no matter how much they want to appoint Lawwell.
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