Dick Advocaat is set to quit as Sunderland manager, with Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson apparently vying to replace him.
Speaking after Sunderland had blown a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw with West Ham at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, Advocaat confirmed he had made a decision on whether he would stay on as manager.
“I don’t want to discuss my own future, you will hear one way or the other,” said Advocaat.
“Let’s wait and see. It (my future) has nothing to do with this game, but yes, I have made a decision.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, Sunderland are expected to confirm ‘in the next few days’ that Advocaat has stepped down, leaving the Black Cats to begin the search for a sixth manager in the space of four years.
The Telegraph claims former Leicester City boss Pearson and current Burnley manager Dyche are the frontrunners for the job, with Allardyce apparently reluctant to return to management so soon after leaving West Ham, but the Sunday claims claims the 60-year-old is ready to take on the job. Harry Redknapp is another name mentioned by the Sunday Express.
The Guardian, meanwhile, says sporting director Lee Congerton is also set to quit having ‘become disillusioned by both the club’s complex internal politics and the limited transfer budget made available by Ellis Short in the summer’.