Sunderland are set to open talks with Sam Allardyce as they bid to convince their top target to take the manager’s job at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short is determined to appoint Allardyce following the resignation of Dick Advocaat on Sunday, but the former West Ham boss is said to be in need of some convincing to take on the challenge.
His wage demands may also prove problematic for the Wearsiders, but formal contact with Allardyce’s camp has now been made, with talks set to begin on Friday and continue over the weekend.
The Premier League strugglers will hope to have an answer from the 60-year-old one way or the other by Monday at the latest and, in an ideal world, would have the new man in place before the trip to West Brom on October 17.
Allardyce, who has been on holiday in Spain as Sunderland’s interest in him has become an open secret, has a proven track record for establishing clubs in the top flight, making him attractive to Short, who has seen Sunderland flirt with relegation for too much of his reign, only rescuing themselves with remarkable late runs at the end of each of the last three campaigns.
They are yet to win a league game in eight attempts to date this season, and Advocaat voiced the opinion after his exit that the current squad is simply not good enough.
In the circumstances, Short’s ability to convince Allardyce that the 68-year-old Dutchman’s view was harsh – or perhaps more importantly, his readiness to provide cash to strengthen further in January – may be the crux of their discussions.
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