Sunderland have sacked manager Gus Poyet after just 18 months in charge, according to ITV Sport.
The Uruguayan’s dismissal comes just 48 hours after his Black Cats side slumped to an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa.
Sunderland have registered just one win from their last 12 Premier League outings and, according to Opta, have attempted the fewest number of shots in the top flight this season (204).
And after several reports suggesting the former Brighton boss was taking his final training session at the club this morning, it has emerged that the Stadium of Light hierarchy have pulled the plug on Poyet’s tenure.
Early contenders for the vacant role are West Ham’s Sam Allardyce and former PSV, Zenit, Belgium and Netherlands boss Dick Advocaat.
MailOnline are reporting that Allardyce could be seen as the ideal manager to steer Sunderland clear of the Premier League’s drop zone. Allardyce used to play for Sunderland has previously been linked with the Black Cats.
The former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss’ Hammers contract expires at the end of this season and, despite overseeing West Ham’s promotion back to the top flight and then consolidating them as a mid-table team, looks unlikely to be offered a new deal by the east London club.