Club legend Niall Quinn has called on Sunderland to take a revolutionary approach when appointing their next manager.
Quinn believes the “same old, same old” approach won’t do the Black Cats any good in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.
Instead, the former Sunderland striker, manager and chairman wants his former side to think outside the box in order to revive the fortunes at the Stadium of Light.
Sam Allardyce remains the leading contender, while former USA coach Bob Bradley has expressed an interest in the job.
Sean Dyche, David Moyes and Nigel Pearson have also been linked, although the Echo understands the chances of Pearson taking charge are remote, while Dyche and Moyes have already distanced themselves.
Quinn says now is the time for a radical change, with 30 games of the season still left to play.
“If it’s Bradley from America who hasn’t been in the Premier League before he might do things totally different that would get Sunderland going,” Quinn told Sun FM.
“Big Sam might be radical in as much that he’ll totally change the way things are going there.
“I think the same old, same old isn’t going to work and I think you need a manager to really change and revolutionise everything there,” added Quinn, who scored 61 goals in 203 Sunderland appearances between 1996 and 2002.
Sunderland are second bottom in the Premier League, five points adrift of safety.
Quinn, who is now a respected television pundit at Sky Sports, recently leapt to the defence of chairman Ellis Short after the American owner came under fierce criticism in the first few weeks of the season. The former Republic of Ireland international was instrumental in selling the club to Short before eventually leaving his role at the club in 2012.