According to reports in the Daily Star, former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew could be appointed as the new Sunderland manager if Tony Adams and his consortium complete their takeover at the Stadium of Light.
The Daily Star says that the consortium are lining up an £80m bid for the Mackems, and they believe Pardew is the right man to take them back to the Premier League following their relegation to the Championship after David Moyes quit last month.
Pardew spent four years with the Magpies between 2010 and 2014 – where he had a rocky relationship with the fans – and his last job came in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, where he was sacked in December.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on the rumours via social media, with many understandably delighted at the prospect of a man that proved to be an unpopular figure at St James’ Park taking the reins at their arch-rivals.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Pardew linked with sunderland!? Never fail to put a smile on my face them lot like!! #nufc
— Colly (@boldi1983) June 22, 2017
If only – Daily Star says Alan Pardew the shock name in line to be named as Sunderland boss if Tony Adams' consortium buy the club. #NUFC
— Derrick (@DPNUFC) June 22, 2017
If pardew goes for Mackem job it will be his last,he'll get crucified 😂🙏 #NUFC
— Kristian (@Kristian1892) June 21, 2017
Pardew to Sunderland🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Twiggy (@twiggyiera) June 22, 2017
If Pardew goes to the mackems we could maybe let them hire any #PardewOut banners. Worth looking for these business opportunities.
— Unlikely Lad (@doddsy1975) June 22, 2017
— SwanseaBarman ⚫️⚪️🌹 (@swanseabarman) June 22, 2017
Please please please be true. Mackems relagated from the championship!!! The only true outcome if he goes there
— paz (@ianparry9) June 22, 2017
If there is any justice this has to happen. Front foot fret football is their only hope for promotion
— Mick (@magnet2112) June 22, 2017