Sunderland’s hunt for a new manager is stepping up with Sam Allardyce having opened talks with the club.
The Echo understands that the former Newcastle, Bolton and West Ham boss is in negotiations with the Black Cats today as they look to replace Dick Advocaat.
Ellis Short and Lee Congerton hope to have a new man in place before the game against West Brom next weekend.
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Advocaat quit his job as head coach at the Stadium of Light just four months after his appointment on a one-year deal.
With the 68-year-old growing unhappy with Sunderland’s start to the season, which sees them second bottom of the Premier League without a win in eight games, Advocaat decided to resign.