The Sunderland manager situation continues to dominate the headlines today as Sam Allardyce opens talks with the club.
The Black Cats are in negotiations with the former Newcastle United manager about replacing Dick Advocaat.
Allardyce has been the favourite for the job with bookmakers all week, and saw his odds plummet yesterday.
The 60-year-old will make certain demands in his negotiations, with reports suggesting that he may only sign a contract until the end of the season.
Investment in the squad is likely to be one of the key areas of discussion, but with the transfer window not opening until January, there have been reports that Allardyce’s trusty lieutenant Kevin Nolan could join him at the Stadium of Light.
The midfielder, who was Allardyce’s captain at Bolton and West Ham, is without a club at the minute.
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Meanwhile, Kevin Phillips says he’d love to be Sunderland manager one day – but the vacancy has come too soon in his coaching career.
The legendary former striker is part of the backroom team at Derby, having worked with Leicester last season.
Phillips also believes the Sunderland job is a ‘golden opportunity’ for someone – and not a poisoned chalice.
Elsewhere, another Sunderland legend, Jimmy Montgomery, has received his British Empire Medal.
The former goalkeeper was presented with the gong at a special reception at Sunderland Civic Centre.