David Moyes is in line to be named the new Sunderland AFC manager, with Sam Allardyce on the verge of being confirmed the new England boss.
Sunderland are understood to have held advanced negotiations with the former Manchester United boss, who is favourite to take charge.
There are suggestions an announcement regarding Alalrdyce's future could be made after the final whistle of tonight's friendly.
Allardyce is at Victoria Park this evening ahead of the club's first pre-season friendly of the season against Hartlepool United (7.30pm kick-off).
Allardyce had a beaming smile on his face as he skipped off the bus as rumours circulated that he would be named the new national boss.
Reports suggest Allardyce will be offered a two-year deal to take charge of England in the wake of Roy Hodgson's resignation after the humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.
Allardyce and Hull City boss Steve Bruce have both been interviewed by the FA in recent weeks.
FA chiefs revealed earlier today they were close to making an appointment.
Speaking today, FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: "We've consulted widely in the game and spoken to a handful of people.
"The new manager's got to be someone who can inspire people."
Glenn said the new England manager will need to "build resilience" in players so they can deal flak on social media and cope with the pressures of an "intensely passionate" media.
He said: "The British press, like it or not, are probably the most intensely passionate about the game in the world and that has a spill-over effect. The consequence of which is people probably play not to make a mistake, as opposed to play to win.
"So the new manager's got to be someone who can inspire people to get the best out of themselves, build resilience and unashamedly adopt the kind of psychological techniques that other sports and other football teams have done, but really to inspire people that when they put their England jersey on they play as well for England as they do for their club."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the vacant England role - with one report in The Daily Telegraph claiming another "mystery candidate" has also been interviewed.