Is Big Sam a foregone conclusion? Will Ellis Short go for a bolder choice, someone to lead the club forward come what may this season?
Here is your chance to have a say on who should replace Dick Advocaat. The poll allows you to insert your own preference if not in the list.
Feel free to amplify your selection by commenting below (Brendan Rodgers is available, of course, and Jose Mourinho may be soon). The second question in the headline is probably impossible to answer.
Here is an extract from Monsieur Salut’s thoughts at ESPN (see full article at http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2647744/dick-advocaat-exit-leaves-dyche-and-allardyce-as-options :
A long way ahead of Nigel Pearson in the bookies’ calculations, though behind Allardyce and Dyche, is Patrick Vieira, the most intriguing of the names being floated.
Vieira was a tremendous midfielder, especially in his 279 games for Arsenal and 107 for France, and has attracted praise for his work at Manchester City, where he is currently youth team coach.
Great players do not always make good managers, though. It cannot be guaranteed that Vieira’s impeccable experience with Europe’s elite has equipped him for a grim struggle with a club that has known little success in recent times.
Patrick Vieira could be an intriguing appointment at the Stadium of Light.
Certainly, Vieira’s limited experience of management would make such an appointment a gamble unless Short felt willing to give him time to carry out a serious reconstruction operation even in the event of relegation this season. But he would be an exciting choice.
** In case anyone wonders, the 21 votes cast for “others” comprised shortly before noon on Monday nine for Brendan Rodgers, three for David Moyes, two for Nigel Clough and one each for Jurgen Klopp, Harry a Redknapp/Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink partnership, Gary Neville, Paul Hartley, Kevin Phillips and “any miracle worker will do”. Oh, that;s only 20; the other, mysteriously, was for our occasional contributor Bill Taylor.