According to The Sun, Sam Allardyce is interested in a return to Sunderland – and already has backroom staff appointments in mind should he head back.
The Black Cats are the target of an American consortium, and a takeover may well go through in the near future to provide a huge cash injection.
It's claimed that current manager Jack Ross will be given another year if he wins promotion to the Championship this term, but Allardyce is eyeing the job after that with the potential new owners wanting a swift return to the Premier League.
He's allegedly keen on one last project as a manager, and having left his position as Sunderland boss to become England manager in 2016, he allegedly fancies a return to the Stadium of Light.
Allardyce is heading towards the end of his managerial career, and it's unclear whether Sunderland fans would actually have any interest in seeing him come back.
In truth, this one seems like a strange rumour. Thinking about a managerial change in 2020 seems too far away to think about right now, never mind one that could only happen in 2021.
Allardyce will be 66 by that time, and may well have been given a whole host of offers to return to management before a realistic Sunderland opening appears.
Having a backroom staff in mind for a job that may only happen in two years seems strange, as would sacking Ross after a season in the Championship, so we're not too sold on this rumour at this stage, but Allardyce is a name to keep an eye on in relation to the takeover.
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