But according to sources close to the club it has been more a case of dismissing candidates rather than getting close to finding a serious possible successor to the current boss.
The fact, however, that discussions are being held show that Big Sam’s position is precarious to put it mildly.
Current bookies favourite Gus Poyet – as reported elsewhere on ClaretandHugh – was a name which was immediately dismissed on the back of him having too little Premier League managerial experience.
Michael Laudrup is another who the club have considered and rejected whilst Malky Mackay is nothing like as hot a favourite as he has been presented in the media for much the same reason as Poyet…lack of experience.
Harry Redknapp has also been considered and rejected along with sacked Norwich City boss Chris Hughton.
Glenn Hoddle remains a possible for the job and sacked West Brom boss Steve Clark is considered an outsider although he was Gianfranco Zola’s assistant at the time the Italian was sacked from the club.
A source close to the situation at the Boleyn told ClaretandHugh: “If I had £1,000 in my pocket to bet on whether Sam Allardyce will be here at the club next week I’d have £500 on him going and keep the other £500 in my pocket. It looks even money to me.”