Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat may be relieved of his duties if he fails to get a much-needed win against West Ham this weekend with former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri being lined up to replace him, according to reports from TuttoMercatoWeb.
The Dutchman saved the Black Cats from relegation last term and opted to stay on for the long-term after initially agreeing to a short-term deal.
However, the North East side have endured a woeful start to the 2015/16 campaign and currently sit rock-bottom of the Premier League with no wins and a goal difference of -10 after seven games.
And reports reveal that should Sunderland fail to get a positive result against West Ham on Saturday Advocaat and the club will part company.
At the age of 68, the former Netherlands boss may opt to call time on his managerial career.
It’s claimed that ex-Inter chief Mazzarri is being lined up by Sunderland as they look to bring in a manager with a fresh approach.
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is another mooted candidate, although his lack of experience as a head coach may be an issue.