Dick Advocaat is now expected to manage Sunderland next season having initially distanced himself from taking on the role on a permanent basis according to the Daily Telegraph.
The bwin odds gurus go 6/5 about the Dutchman still being in charge at the Stadium of Light come the first day of the 2015/16 campaign.
Earlier this month he had suggested that prolonging his stay on Wearside would result in his receiving divorce papers.
Yet Advocaat was quick to deny suggestions that he didn’t want the job when speaking in the build up to the Black Cats’ visit to Arsenal:
“I repeat, I have not made a decision yet on my future.
“I have not given Sunderland an answer, either one way or another.
“I will not do that until next week when I will let them know. There has to be a quick decision though and the meeting will take place at the start of next week.”
“There is potential at this club.
“I know the owner and, like me, he wants this club to be at the other end of the table.
“The club now have to set up for next season, but when I see what has happened in the past, things can be done much better in my opinion.”
It is difficult not to read the latter part of the above quote as a manager keen to continue at the helm, but Sunderland would be making a familiar mistake if offering him the chance to do so.
In each of the last two seasons the Black Cats have struggled through like doomed men, only to save themselves with an improbable surge at the end of term.
On both occasions they have kept faith with the manager who so narrowly saved them from relegation ahead of the new campaign.
First there was the disastrous reign of Paolo Di Canio, an initially invigorating breath of fresh air that turned thoroughly putrid when given a whole season to realise his managerial plans.
Then came Gus Poyet, who was initially able to avoid closer inspection of exactly how much he had improved matters thanks to the stunning way in which his side snatched survival from the jaws of demotion in 2013/14.
Sunderland have been ridiculously lucky in claiming wins over Southampton and Everton under Advocaat, without which they’d be down already.
Giving him the job on a permanent basis would be rewarding mediocrity again.