That’s the question Monsieur Salut poses at ESPN:
For the fans whose hands-in-pockets support for such a poorly performing club never ceases to amaze, the more crucial issue is whether any successor can pull off a third successive “Great Escape” from relegation.
Discontent among Sunderland supporters has been simmering for most of a horrendous season that has produced just two home and two away wins while offering a style and quality of football that would send an insomniac into deep slumber.
So what is Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce or any other manager linked with the now-vacant post at the Stadium of Light likely to be thinking?
He may look at the exceptional fan base, the superb stadium and the club’s grand tradition — six top-flight titles, albeit all since before the Second World War and three of them in the century before last — and be seduced by a wonderful opportunity to recreate past glories.
Alternatively, he may wonder why so many other competent, even acclaimed characters have failed in the attempt or given the club a wide berth when asked.
Have your say, here or at ESPN.