Advocaat was only convinced to stay on as Sunderland manager for this season after being assured he would be given a significant transfer budget to overhaul the squad at the Stadium of Light, but it was reported last week that Advocaat had been told there was no money available for further signings.
Back-to-back defeats to start the new Premier League season will not have helped th to the Dutchman’s mood, and the Black Cats’ hierarchy is making contingency plans in case he decides to walk away, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sunderland are said to have originally approached Allardyce in the summer before Advocaat performed a U-turn on his decision to retire, and the former Newcastle manager will ‘not be put off by walking into a firefighting challenge’, according to the tabloid.
Advocaat hinted at his frustration over the lack of transfer funds in his press conference on Friday and said he would not stand in the way of a single player that wanted to leave the club.
“We still have a week, but financial-wise, at the moment, we can’t compete,” he said.
“Every player is for sale. If the player wants to go, he can go.”