Sunderland has started their 2015-16 season in the worst possible fashion and the manager Dick Advocaat is under a lot of pressure at the moment. His side has only collected two points in seven league games and already knocked out of League Cup after the 4-1 hammering by Manchester City last week.
There are rumours that the ex-Netherlands manager might get sacked and they are looking for replacements of the Dutch manager.
According to Mirror, the man who tops the shortlist to replace Advocaat is Arsenal legend and current Manchester City youth coach Patrick Vieira.
The Black Cats wanted the Frenchman in the summer and they are ready to check his availability once again.
Advocaat stated that he is ready to step down if Sunderland manages to get a better candidate.
Struggling Sunderland is in trouble after facing their fifth Premier League defeat of the season at the hands of Manchester United and they need to step up their performances if they have to avoid relegation.
Advocaat was persuaded to stay on at Sunderland after keeping them up last season, but they have struggled this term after a frustrating summer in the transfer market.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short was keen on Vieira in the summer along with Burnley’s Sean Dyche and both were on the shortlist, but he prefers the Frenchman.
Dyche thought he was in the frame while Sunderland are also believed to have asked City about permission to talk to former Arsenal captain Vieira about the top job.
The city is adamant that they want to keep Vieira as he is gaining a strong reputation for helping to oversee their youth development. Viera has been instrumental in making City’s youth facilities one of the best in Europe.
But they also recognise that one day he may want to manage a senior team and feared in the summer they may not be able to stop him from leaving.
Newcastle also enquired about Vieira and it remains to be seen whether he could be tempted away if Sunderland makes a fresh approach.
Dyche has also made a strong start to the season at Burnley and was just days away from being approached by Sunderland about the job.
Sunderland were able to persuade Advocaat to stay for one more year in the summer and Paul Bracewell was a significant appointment within his backroom staff.
But if Advocaat goes then Vieira and Dyche are two figures likely to be at the top of the club’s shortlist, along with former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.