Sunderland are set to make a caretaker appointment for the trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday, with Billy McKinlay set to play a significant part.
The Black Cats are training this morning following the 3-3 draw with Bolton, and discussions continue regarding the crucial derby game this weekend.
McKinlay had been working in the scouting department before stepping up to a first team coaching role when Simon Grayson's assistant Glynn Snodin fell ill.
Longer serving coaches Robbie Stockdale and Adrian Tucker will also be part of the set-up and it could yet be a joint venture.
McKinlay was brought to the club last year by David Moyes, with whom he worked as an assistant coach at Real Sociedad.
McKinlay has had two spells in management, the first lasting just eight days at Watford. McKinlay succeeded Oscar Garcia in September 2014 and oversaw a win against Brentford and a draw against Brighton, before being replaced by Slavisa Jokanovic.
The Scot then joined Norweigan side Stabaek as manager after his stint in Spain with Moyes, before leaving the club eight months later.
He had a win ratio of 30% after 20 games.