It has been a nightmare season for the Black Cats so far with just one win in 16 Championship games and they are now rooted at the bottom of the league table with the very real prospect of relegation to League One looming ever larger.
However, Press Association Sport understands Bain is still pondering a range of options for an appointment he simply can not afford to get wrong after David Moyes and Simon Grayson both presided over disastrous spells at the Stadium of Light.
However, Sunderland owner Ellis Short is understood to have over-ruled Bain when it comes to McCoist - insisting they look elsewhere, making it unlikely the former Black Cats striker could be returning to the club.
Insiders revealed Heckingbottom is barely on a six figure salary at Barnsley and the Sunderland money will be impossible to refuse despite their problems.
BARNSLEY head coach Paul Heckingbottom has rapidly emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant managerial position at Sunderland - who are set to offer him a massive pay hike in a bid to lure him to Wearside. Their win over Oxford was Barnsley's first appearance in a cup final since 1912 and earned him the award of Sports Hero of the Year by The Yorkshire Post.
Robbie Stockdale is now in sole caretaker charge after his fellow caretaker Billy McKinlay left to join David Moyes at West Ham on Sunday.
Sunderland face Millwall at home this weekend as they battle against relegation with Robbie Stockdale now in caretaker charge.
IPhone X Face ID Fooled with a $150 Mask
The family told Wired that Malik also managed to unlock his father's iPhone X a couple of times. The video comprises of 41-second and the family has been successful in unlocking iPhone X.
How early is too early to put up Christmas decor?
There's little to no exclusive Thanksgiving music, no tradition of gift-giving and it certainly isn't a cross-cultural holiday. Some years it's snowy on Halloween yet raining by Christmas - all we know is the weather is unpredictable here.
Dubai Airshow: Airbus seals order with U.S. firm Indigo
That has triggered industry talk of a swan-song order worth tens of billions of dollars to be negotiated by Leahy before end-year. The order, believed to be the biggest ever for Airbus, will more than double the value of the airline's sales for the year.