Dick Advocaat's future with Sunderland is still unclear, but reports in Holland suggest he is keen to help shape Sunderland's future regardless.
A transfer round-up on Voetbalzone claims Advocaat has recommended Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to the club, although also claims he himself will leave Sunderland at the end of the season.
Elsewhere, Seb Larsson was named the Sunderland Supporters' Association Playre of the Year last night, with Connor Wickham picking up the Young Player of the Year gong. Congratulations to both.
Some early team news for the weekend is that captain John O'Shea has not resumed training yet following the rib injury he sustained against Southampton. Advocaat told the Official Site:
It's difficult to say [when he will be back].
He's training separately with the physio so we have to see how far he is tomorrow.
In fairness, both Wes Brown and Sebastian Coates probably deserve to keep their places after the Everton win anyway.
Speaking of Everton, the hero of Goodison Park Danny Graham has received some glowing praise from Advocaat, who has said his all-round game has been impressive.
It is important for a striker that he scores goals, but it is also important for the team that he can keep hold of the ball and protect it.
That gives other players the opportunity to support and then you start playing football.
The movement we have in the team still has to improve, but we've had a better feeling about it.
He gives everything, even in training. He never moans, he's a real pro, you can see that.
I had no doubts when you saw him in training that he would get that goal.
There we go, then.