Burnley fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are still celebrating their triumphant promotion to the Premier League but their mood has been tempered somewhat by troubling news coming from the North East.
Sources close to Sunderland have told ESPN that the powers that be at the Stadium of Light are considering a move for Burnley boss, Sean Dyche, should Sam Allardyce be appointed the new England manager.
It has been confirmed that the former West Ham manager has been in talks with The FA this week with regards to filling the vacant role left behind in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s resignation.
Sunderland are clearly angered by he manner in which The FA have dealt with the talks, but have contingency plans in place should Big Sam move on.
The club released a statement on Wednesday saying:
“The Football Association contacted Sunderland AFC to seek permission to speak with our manager as part of what was supposed to be a confidential discussion process with potential candidates for the position of England manager.
“At Sam Allardyce’s request, we agreed to this.
“Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club.
“The ongoing speculation over Sam’s position is extremely damaging to Sunderland AFC, particularly at this crucial time of the season and we urge the FA to respect the disruption that this process is causing and bring about a swift resolution to the matter.”
Sean Dyche has impressed in his time at Turf Moor, however it would be a big decision to leave the Clarets after having only just brought them back to the top flight.
Sunderland fans, we want to hear from you! Would Dyche be a good replacement for Allardyce? Should Big Sam move to the top job, who would you like to see take charge? Let us know below…
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