Sunderland have already started eyeing West Ham manager Sam Allardyce as a potential replacement for Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light, reports the Daily Mail.
The Uruguayan has been finding it very difficult at the North East club recently, and the Black Cats even look in danger of being relegated.
The 0-4 loss at home to Aston Villa even saw some fans trying to storm the manager’s dugout, and supporters left the ground in droves before the first half was out.
This growing discontent hasn’t gone unnoticed by the board, and they have begun to think of possible successors to their current boss.
Allardyce used to play for Sunderland, and has a history of not only keeping teams in the top flight for the short term but also consolidating their place in the division.
The situation is helped by the fact that the former Bolton boss will be out of contract at Upton Park in the summer, and looking unlikely to be offered another deal.