Interim Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat wants to remain at the club beyond the end of this season.
The veteran Dutch coach was only offered a short-term deal by the Black Cats when appointed after the dismissal of Gus Poyet in March and will leave the club in the summer if not offered a new deal.
Despite only being brought in on an emergency basis, the Sun reports that Advocaat has privately told friends following Sunderland’s 1-0 win in the Tyne-Wear derby over Newcastle that he would love to stay at the Stadium of Light beyond the end of this campaign.
And the 67-year-old could just get his wish with The Sun claiming the potential long-term appointments the club has eyed for the role will be particularly difficult to acquire.
Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement will be reluctant to split from Carlo Ancelotti says the report.
Whilst West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and Real Sociedad coach David Moyes would both be particular costly managerial appointments.