Along with Moyes, Big Sam has fantastic Premier League experience, managing Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham in the top flight with varied success.
Unlike a couple of candidates, he’s also out of a job after leaving West Ham at the end of last season, making any agreement easier to come by.
His knack for getting results when really needed and the fact he’s never suffered relegation from the top division, despite managing ‘smaller’ clubs, means he’s an obvious choice.
Would Sunderland want him? Definitely. Some say his football isn’t the prettiest but it’s results and not attractive football which is needed at the Stadium of Light right now. And if you want a man that can get the results to achieve safety then Sam Allardyce is just the person. Despite his short stint as boss of the Black Cats’ fierce rivals, he is a former Sunderland player and the fans’ choice to succeed Advocaat.
Would he want it? More than most. If this was the start of the season then Big Sam may have jumped at the chance to manage a club he has a soft spot for. However, their dire start makes convincing people him a bit tougher now. Despite that, he seems keen to return to the dugout as quickly as possible and will relish the challenge of showing how good of a manager he actually is.
Would he be the right fit? Definitely. He would quickly get in to the club and start to sort things out from the bottom up. Most importantly, as a former defender himself, he will look to get the side organised and tough to break down; music to the fans’ ears after conceding 18 times in eight matches. Additionally, if the club were relegated at the end of the season, his stint at West Ham showed he’s not shy to take one step down the ladder in order to get the club back up and in a better position.