For despite Sunderland announcing that Dick Advocaat will take over until the end of the season it is believed that Allardyce is in the frame as the next permanent appointment at the Stadium of Light.
As we have reported at regular intervals over the last few days, Sam’s West Ham day will be done at the end of this campaign with David Moyes still remaining the favourite to take over.
And it has emerged this morning that the Real Sociedad boss – who is only on an 18 month deal at the Spanish club – has a clause in his contract that he can leave if an offer comes from an English club.
Interestingly, however, the Hammers board will be keeping a close eye on Everton’s form until the end of the season where the owners have always been keen admirers of Robeto Martinez’s managerial approach.
A win over Newcastle lifted the Toffees away from the relegation fight but should the club find itself in trouble at the end of the season, a move would be on were the Spaniard to be sacked.