Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is desperate to add stability to the club as he continues his search for a new manager.
The Wearsiders parted company with Paolo Di Canio after just 13 games in charge last month, with the team bottom of the Premier League and still awaiting their first win.
Kevin Ball has taken over the reins in the meantime, and Short admits the club is in desperate need of some continuity.
"Here at the club, like every supporter, we would like to see long-term success on the pitch and stability at the club," he said.
"Unfortunately sometimes the quest for stability can be interrupted by the absolute necessity of staying in the league.
"This is because the long-term aim becomes irrelevant if we aren’t at the top level.
"We now have a very important decision to make. Our only consideration in making that decision is what is best for the club.
"In doing so, we feel the weight of the entire city and beyond, along with the history of this massive football club."
Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is one name being linked to the job, as is ex-Brighton and Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet, but Short refused to be drawn on any speculation.
"The appointment of a replacement head coach is our priority," he said.
"And I urge you to ignore the speculation in the media about the selection process, because most of it is completely wrong."
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