McClaren, Allardyce, Moyes and Redknapp will be on Sunderland radar - Defoe

Jermain Defoe (left) and Dick Advocaat
Jermain Defoe (left) and Dick Advocaat
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Jermain Defoe expects the usual suspects to be in the running for the Sunderland head coach role.

A clear front-runner is yet to emerge in the race to succeed Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland still considering their options for a sixth manager in the space of five years.

Out-of-work pair Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren have both been linked with the role - albeit the latter is expected to join Newcastle - while Sunderland have also been interested in ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes, even though he is likely to remain at Real Sociedad.

And Sunderland striker Defoe believes that trio, among others, will inevitably come under consideration by the club.

“They need to think about who is available,” said Defoe.

“The managers that out of work now are obviously Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren, who is someone I played under for England.

“He’s a good coach, I always enjoyed training, good manager, good experience at that level.

“Obviously Harry Redknapp is out of work. I played with Harry throughout my whole career and he’s someone who gets results.

“I can imagine there’s more.

“People talk about David Moyes coming back to the Premier League.

“I’m sure the names I’ve said will be in the race to get the job.”

Defoe was one of several Sunderland players who voiced their hopes before the end of the season that Advocaat would extend his tenure on Wearside.

But despite Sunderland’s lucrative offer, Advocaat opted to go ahead with his retirement plans.

“He had a job to do when he came in and he did what was required,” added Defoe to Sky Sports News.

“I think the fans would have loved to have seen him stay on and probably most of the players.”