Ball to take charge on Sunday
Sunderland's temporary manager Kevin Ball is understood to have been given the next two games to prove his credentials as manager.
Ball was placed in charge on Sunday night, following the abrupt dismissal of volatile Italian boss Paolo Di Canio.
The decision to sack Di Canio was taken following Saturday's disappointing 3-0 defeat at West Brom, which left the Black Cats without a win this season.
Sunderland will take their time to make sure they find the right replacement for Di Canio after launching the search for his successor.
The process of drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements began in earnest on Monday in the wake of the 45-year-old Italian's exit on Sunday night.
However, it is understood owner Ellis Short has an open mind about the identity of the club's sixth manager in less than five years and will not rush into an appointment.
Bookmakers have been quick to install former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as an odds-on favourite to replace his compatriot, but Gus Poyet, Alex McLeish and Steve McClaren are currently all featuring prominently in the betting, although Celtic's Neil Lennon has effectively ruled himself out of the running.