According to a report from the Sunderland Echo, Paul Heckingbottom would be interested in considering the Sunderland job, but there has been no official approach for the Barnsley boss yet with the interview process already underway.
The Black Cats have still not found their replacement for Simon Grayson, having parted company with the former Preston North End boss less than 20 minutes after their draw with fellow strugglers Bolton at the end of last month.
The Sunderland Echo reports that the club have begun the interview process in the last few days, with the likes of Phil Neville, Ally McCoist and Aitor Karanka all being linked with the post - though it is not clear whether any of the trio have met with representatives from the club.
With Barnsley eight places ahead of the Black Cats in the table, the 40-year-old would be forgiven for thinking that the position at the Stadium of Light would be a step in the wrong direction.
However, the Sunderland Echo reports that Heckingbottom would be interested in the post - but Sunderland are yet to make an approach for the Barnsley coach, so it remains to be seen how serious his interest actually is.