Sam Allardyce worth consideration by Sunderland - Niall Quinn

Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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Niall Quinn believes Sunderland should consider Sam Allardyce for the vacant head coach position.

Sunderland are contemplating their options to replace Dick Advocaat at the helm after the ex-Holland manager opted against extending his short-term deal at the Stadium of Light last week.

Former Newcastle boss Allardyce, without a club since leaving West Ham at the end of his contract at Upton Park, is not thought to be among the front-runners for the position, with Sunderland keen to persist with a head coach / director of football model.

But ex-Sunderland chairman Quinn says Allardyce is worth a look to bring some stability to the club.

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Quinn said: “There are some nice candidates, Big Sam wandering around the place, maybe he is at the top of people’s list. There are some foreign managers too.

“Looking at the betting lists, it’s quite intriguing. I think (they need) someone who can get them away from that fear that runs through the football club when they start off badly in the football season, as has happened in a good few seasons.

“I certainly would check out if Big Sam was interested.”

Quinn was sad to see Advocaat depart though after the 67-year-old had guided Sunderland to Premier League safety and had clearly taken the club to heart.

“I would have loved to have seen Dick Advocaat because he really got what the club was all about,” Quinn added on Sky Sports News.

“You saw the emotion he showed when they finally stayed up at Arsenal, you saw what it actually meant to him. Someone who gets it, that is the key to me.”