After Sunderland announced on Sunday afternoon that manager Dick Advocaat would be stepping down from his post, a host of names have been linked as his successor.
A name which has been heavily linked to Sunderland's managerial hot-seat is Sam Allardyce. The football veteran has been in the game since 1973 but has found himself without a job since being dismissed from West Ham at the end of last season.
'Big Sam', as he's known in the football world, boasts an impressive record, having managed Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.
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Sunderland, who are without a win this season were lucky to escape relegation last year and currently find themselves on level points with local rivals Newcastle at the bottom of the table.
It is fair to say the Premier League strugglers could benefit from the appointment of Allardyce who has never been relegated with a Premier League club, has vast amounts of experience managing in the English top flight and has won six 'Manager of the Month' awards in his career.
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A shared opinion amongst Sunderland fans, however, is one of uncertainty. With many not confident Allardyce's football philosophy will benefit the Blacks Cats, and a new approach including possession football, should be the way forward.
It is no surprise then that the likes of Sean Dyche and ex-Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup have also been linked to the Sunderland job. Both boast a good reputation in English football and prefer the possession game. Michael Laudrup, in particular, gathered large respect for the football his Swansea side played in his first season in charge of the club.
Alternatively, Arsenal legend Patrick Viera has also been linked and is somewhat of a wild card due to his lack of managerial experience. The towering Frenchman was also interviewed for the vacant Newcastle job in the summer.
With stability and confidence Sunderland's top priorities, it is no surprise that Sam Allardyce is favourite for the job. Having battled to steer Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham United from relegation candidates to mid-table/Europa League contenders, the football stalwart seems ideal for the job.
Sunderland fans: Who would you like to see given the job? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!
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