Sam Allardyce has made a pitch for the vacant Sunderland manager's job claiming he "knows what it needs" to be Roy Keane's successor.
Allardyce said his time at the club as a player and as a coach under Peter Reid has given him an insight into Sunderland.
The former Bolton manager is the bookies' favourite to get the job - despite his unsuccessful spell at north-east rivals Newcastle.
Allardyce told the Bolton News: "I've said over the last few days that I would like to get back into managing a football club and I'm bound to be linked with Sunderland at the moment.
"There's been no official contact but I know what a great club it is.
"I've worked there twice before; once as a player and once as a coach with Peter Reid, so I know what it needs.
"But we'll just have to wait and see."
Allardyce insists that his break from management has done him good and he is ready to return to the fray "with all guns blazing".
He added: "There's been one or two positions I've talked about but I haven't felt it was right for me to go at that particular time or for whatever reason.
"I really feel I'm ready now.
"Having done almost 16 years on the trot in management, I needed a break and the break had to be long enough for me to come back with all guns blazing."
Allardyce has also been mentioned as a potential successor to Blackburn's under-pressure manager Paul Ince.Reuse content