If you believe what you read in the papers, coupled with the fact Sunderland really need to be getting a boss in soonish, the Black Cats will begin interviewing prospective candidates this week. An intriguing mish-mash of names linger around the betting markets with something of a curve-ball entering the top 30 this weekend and a figure jumping into the top three favourites this evening.
So Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is still a clear favourite to succeed David Moyes as manager of Sunderland. It's now over a week since the dismal Scot departed the Stadium of Light and you'll find better than even odds that a slightly cheerier one will replace him in the hot seat.
The odds of McInnes taking the Sunderland job have shifted moderately since the Scottish Cup final concluded on Saturday from about evens to a slightly shorter 1/2. According to some reports in the north east press, the Dons boss will be formally interviewed for the position this week.
Nigel Clough lies in second-place and you'll be offered roughly 5/1 for planting a wager on the present Burton manager. His appointment would create a little romantic chapter should the 51-year-old former Forest and Liverpool player take the reins at the club at which his dad is such a legend.
Ex-Norwich boss Alex Neil has jumped into third place this evening from seemingly out of the blue. With the betting markets susceptible to any punter whim or press speculation, the fact the 35-year-old is Scottish and has been quoted in the press this weekend on the subject of the Sunderland job may be enough to have bumped him up into the top three.
Neil has also broken his silence this weekend on his Norwich sacking and seemingly declared himself freshly ready for work, so that likely explains his sudden emergence as a 'top favourite'. Though at 12/1 he doesn't admittedly rate as 'very likely' just yet.
Outside of the top three are a group consisting of the likes of Gary Monk, Kevin Phillips and Simon Grayson with Aitor Karanka, Paul Lambert, Slavisa Jokanovic and Stefan Schwarz hovering at between 14/1 and 16/1.
But it's the new entry at number 26 which has set tongues a-wagging this evening. At 25/1 Nyron Nosworthy has appeared on the 'next manager' list.
Incredibly, the bookies rate the chances of the former defender - who has virtually zero coaching experience - at the same odds as such luminaries as Ally McCoist, David Wagner, Neil Warnock and Kevin Ball.
Where did that come from?! Nosworthy is something of a cult figure on Wearside, admittedly not always necessarily for his performances on the pitch but more so for a unique bond he developed with the Sunderland fan base.
But next manager? The 36-year-old does have his coaching badges mind, having completed the required courses last year. And he was part of the last Black Cats squad to be promoted from the Championship in 2006.
Admittedly 'Noz' may be a 'fun' entry to encourage the casual punter to lash a quid on for a laugh. Mustn't he?