Reports tonight suggest that Sunderland have decided to part company with Gus Poyet.
This is a familiar dance around here. We do our nice new manager tango every 12-18 months, so we know the drill. First come rumours. We tend to ignore those.
Then comes something actually credible, and this is it. The report is from, first and foremost, George Caulkin, who is both well-connected and still gives a crap about his name and reputation. Others are reporting it too, but it's come from Caulkin.
So it seems the plan is to appoint someone short term until the end of the season before having a jolly old re-thtink in the summer.
There isn't an awful lot we can add at the moment. If/when something happens, we'll be on top of it with opinion and updates.
Two thoughts immediately stand out though. 1) You couldn't really make a case for Poyet staying after Saturday and 2) There are not a huge amount of candidates out there that would get you excited.
I'm not sure that's a good combination.