Burnley boss Sean Dyche has become the favourite with the bookmakers to be the next Sunderland head coach.
Sunderland are continuing to consider their options to replace Dick Advocaat at the helm after the Dutchman opted against extending his tenure at the Stadium of Light last week.
The Black Cats are not expecting to land an instant replacement for Advocaat, although sporting director Lee Congerton is well aware that the clock is ticking, with a month to go until the start of pre-season training and Sunderland needing to land up to half-a-dozen new recruits this summer.
Reports today have suggested that Dyche is among the top contenders to take charge at the Stadium of Light, and that is reflected in his odds shortening to become the next Sunderland boss.
Certainly, Dyche is understood to have his admirers at Sunderland after taking Burnley to the Premier League on a limited budget, even though the Clarets suffered an instant return to the Championship.
And the 43-year-old was on Ellis Short’s shortlist to replace Paolo Di Canio, prior to the appointment of Gus Poyet in October 2013.
Ex-Holland skipper Phillip Cocu also continues to be linked with the Sunderland post and like Dyche, is among the favourites with the bookmakers.
Cocu steered PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch title last season after succeeding Advocaat at the helm, with the latter recommending potential successors to Sunderland.
But sources in Holland have indicated that Cocu intends to see out the remaining two years of his contract at PSV.
Former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Armin Veh has also been offered to Sunderland as a surprise contender for the head coach position.
Veh has managed extensively in the Bundesliga over the last decade with the likes of Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.
But he has been out of work since being sacked by Stuttgart last November.