Southend United boss Phil Brown has revealed taking charge at Sunderland would be his "dream job".
The Black Cats are looking for their ninth manager in six years following the dismissal of Simon Grayson with the club third bottom in the Championship.
Brown’s chances of landing his dream job are remote with the 58-year-old 28/1 with the bookies and South Shields-born Brown insists he is fully focused on his job at Southend.
"Sunderland are my football club and being the manager of Sunderland would be my dream job because of that," Brown told the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo.
"I have supported Sunderland for more than 50 years and would go and watch them when I was a kid with a black, red and white scarf tied round my wrist like everyone seemed to do back then. I have fond memories of that time and it’s a very big club.
"But for whatever reason they’re going through a torrid time at the moment and it’s not very nice to see.
"It wasn’t nice to see Simon leave but it’s definitely Sunderland which is my dream job and not Bolton despite my long association with them."
Brown’s contract runs out at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Former Sunderland striker Don Goodman believes the Black Cats could do worse than consider Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook.
Goodman said: "Where do they go next? The only thing they haven’t tried really is a young manager doing really, really well at a level below like a Paul Cook at Wigan or somebody of that ilk, sorry Wigan fans.
"But he’s just doing such a good job wherever he goes.
"It’s the only thing they haven’t tried and I’m really not sure which road they are going to go down, but it’s a mess."
QPR boss Ian Holloway, who gave Grayson his backing when the two sides met at the Stadium of Light last month, expressed his sympathy.
Holloway said: "They weren’t bad against us, I’ve got to be honest.
"All I will say is that the supporters at Sunderland when we were there, the buzz wasn’t there, and somehow you’ve got to find that and give that back to your team.
"Some of the Sunderland players last year could have had a look at themselves. Hopefully someone will take over, it’s a wonderful club but I feel for Simon."