The odds on Nigel Clough becoming the next Sunderland manager dramatically shortened on Friday morning, but Derek McInnes remains the frontrunner.
McInnes is gearing up for a Scottish Cup final against Celtic on Saturday afternoon, and is understood on the shortlist to be the next Black Cats manager after impressing the hierarchy with his rebuilding job at Aberdeen.
The 45-year-old has only managed south of the border once, but has gained a fine reputation in Scotland and was a heavy favourite to succeed Mark Warburton at Rangers earlier this year.
He would not be drawn on his future at a press conference on Friday, insisting that he was happy at Aberdeen.
However, he is privately thought to be keen on the switch and many Sunderland fans seem willing to give him a chance to impress.
60% of voters on our Echo poll feel he will be a good appointment for the Black Cats.
The link with Nigel Clough, however, has proved less popular.
The 51-year-old was born on Wearside and his father was one of the club's greatest and most prolific post-war strikers.
Clough's managerial career has been mixed but he has excelled at Burton Albion this year, keeping them in the Championship on a tiny budget and earning a nomination for the LMA manager of the year. He briefly became bookies' favourite on Friday morning but has drifted slightly since.
Just 43% of Echo readers polled felt he would the right appointment.
Garry Monk, readers' initial favourite for the job, remains without a job but Middlesbrough are thought to be keen on speaking to him, and appear to be well ahead in the race for his signature.