Bob Bradley is free to join Sunderland if they decide to step up their interest in the former USA boss.
Bradley has emerged as a possible target for the Black Cats as they look to replace Dick Advocaat.
The 57-year-old is currently managing Norweigan side Stabaek, but is well-known to fellow American Ellis Short, who is playing a key role along with Lee Congerton in finding a new head coach.
And Stabaek chief executive Lars Hjorth has said the club will not stand in Bob Bradley’s way if Sunderland come calling.
“Bob is allowed to speak with anybody if he wants. That is the contract he made with us when he came to Stabaek,” Hjorth told Talksport
“Bob has done a tremendous job here, he is a fantastic person, and if he can make the step up in his career we would wish him luck.
“We haven’t had an approach yet but if Bob got an offer from a club in the Premier League, we would be very happy for him.
“I know that one of his biggest wishes is to train a club in the Premier League so if he gets an offer, we will wish him good luck, and we will be very proud as a small club in Norway to give him the chance to do that.”
Bradley, who has been in charge of the Norwegian top-flight side for the past two years, having previously led his national team at the 2010 World Cup.