Gus Poyet believes Sam Allardyce is the ideal candidate to inspire Sunderland in their battle against relegation.
But Poyet has warned that the club require more than a change of manager to arrest their long-term decline.
Allardyce is reportedly among the candidates under consideration to succeed Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman resigned just seven fixtures into a disappointing start to the season.
Advocaat himself, however, only arrived at the club in March after Poyet had been sacked.
Since Roy Keane’s departure in 2008 Sunderland have been consistently unstable, and Poyet, who impressed in leading them to Premier League survival in 2014 when relegation had appeared inevitable, is adamant that not only do they require the abilities Allardyce could provide but that their problems run significantly deeper.
“Now there is (another) manager leaving and it is a little bit too many,” said Poyet, who was speaking at the Leaders Sport Business Summit.
“So I think it is clear now that it is not the manager. Sometimes when a team is not working you change the manager and things go well and you can say ‘Good decision’, but when it happens four or five times, come on, be realistic.
“I don’t think you can blame Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat. There is something that is not working there. If I knew what it was I would call the chairman tomorrow but I don’t. Fortunately it is not my job.
“But they have to look somewhere else. They need to find where to look. They need to take an appointment and stick with it whatever results come in the next two or three years.
“Sam Allardyce (should be Sunderland’s next appointment). (But) first of all I don’t know if Sam would like to go and maybe I’m putting it a little on Sam and he is going to kill me next time I see him.”
There remain concerns that Sunderland’s fans would not accept Allardyce because of his previous eight-month spell with rivals Newcastle’s manager.
But Poyet regards his knowledge of the Premier League, from which he has never been relegated, and experience of managing in the north-east as exactly what Sunderland require.
“He had an experience before in the North East,” Poyet said. “He knows the Premier League inside out and he knows exactly what a team needs to do to stay in the Premier League.
“He has done it everywhere he has been so it’s not something new. That experience of being there for so long will definitely help.”
* The Leaders Sport Business Summit was held at Stamford Bridge with more than 1,500 of the industry’s most influential people, sharing insights and sparking discussions to help shape the future of sport.