WEST HAM boss Sam Allardyce is NOT under consideration to be the next Sunderland head coach, the Gazette understands.
Former Sunderland defender Allardyce is the second favourite with the bookmakers to be the long-term successor to Gus Poyet, with the Black Cats due to consider their options when Dick Advocaat’s short-term contract expires at the end of the season.
Allardyce’s deal at Upton Park expires next month and with big doubts over whether he will be offered the chance to stay with the Hammers, the 60-year-old is likely to be available this summer.
“It all depends on the negotiations – talks about me, the staff, the players, the budget,” said Allardyce yesterday when asked on his chances of penning a new West Ham contract.
But it is understood that Allardyce is not one of the names Sunderland are contemplating for the summer, regardless of which the division the Black Cats are in.
Sunderland are keen to continue with the head coach / director of football model, despite that system so far failing to progress the club from an annual relegation battle.
It is not thought that Allardyce would fit into that framework, with Sunderland on the look-out for a coach, rather than a traditional manager.
Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement – a former colleague of Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton at Chelsea – is far more of a natural fit, and is understood to have been on the club’s radar for several months.
With speculation continuing over Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid after the Spanish giants’ Champions League elimination on Wednesday night, Clement could be available this summer too, albeit there are several clubs interested in his services.
Advocaat, himself, remains the odds-on favourite to take the Sunderland job on a long-term basis.
But there are still over whether the 67-year-old – who has confirmed this will be his last job in football – would be willing to stay on, while Sunderland’s original plan was always to make a long-term appointment at the end of the season.