Sunderland are annoyed that their manager for the last nine months, Sam Allardyce, is set to be named as Roy Hodgson’s successor as England boss.
The 61-year-old has only been in charge at the Stadium of Light since October 2015 following Dick Advocaat’s departure, but he managed to guide the Black Cats away from the relegation zone, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City going down instead.
Hodgson resigned as England manager less than four weeks ago following the 2-1 defeat to Iceland that ended their Euro 2016 campaign.
Sunderland issued a statement on Wednesday evening that read: “Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening. However, at the present time, Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.
“We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.”
Hull City boss Steve Bruce was also interviewed for the position but it seems certain that Allardyce will be handed the chance to lead England through their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Allardyce has more than 20 years’ experience as a manager having been in charge of Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham before being installed as Sunderland boss.
He still has a year left on his contract at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are 9/4 to be relegated this season and 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League. Meanwhile, England are 14/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright.