Sunderland have targeted former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes as Sam Allardyce’s possible replacement.
The Black Cats could reluctantly be forced to look for a new boss as Allardyce has held talks with the FA about the vacant England position.
Reports suggest the Sunderland manager is the favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson and the appointment could even be announced by early next week.
That would leave the Wearsiders searching for a new manager less than a month before the new Premier League campaign begins and Moyes is apparently the man they will turn to.
The Scot is available after an unsuccessful stint in charge of Real Sociedad in Spain last term and is known to be looking to get back into management in the top flight in England.
Other candidates in the frame should Allardyce leave include Ryan Giggs, who has recently left Man Utd, USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is also on the FA’s shortlist to be Three Lions boss, Burnley manager Sean Dyche and ex-Ajax chief Frank de Boer.