POLL: Do you want Sam Allardyce to remain as Sunderland AFC manager?
Sunderland AFC have confirmed they gave Sam Allardyce permission to speak to England about the vacant manager's post.
Take part in our poll here:Allardyce was yesterday pictured outside the home of FA vice-chairman David Gill after holding formal discussions over succeeding Roy Hodgson as England boss.
The former West Ham United boss steered Sunderland to Premier League safety last season against the odds, securing his position as a huge fans favourite.
But his time at the Stadium of Light could soon be up if the FA offer him the job.
And now we are asking Sunderland AFC fans if they want Big Sam to remain in charge of the club.
Take part in our poll here:Sunderland have broken their silence over Allardyce's situation and confirmed that the 61-year-old was given the go-ahead to speak with the FA, at his request.
A club statement said: "The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.
"At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.
"Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
"The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter."