With Dick Advocaat’s departure confirmed ex-West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has been named the bookies favourite to take charge at Sunderland.
Allardyce who is William Hill’s 7/2 favourite to take over with Sean Dyche 9/2.
“Big Sam has never been relegated and his appointment would give the Black Cats a fighting chance,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
Former Newcastle boss Allardyce has been installed as the early front-runner for the post, although Burnley manager Sean Dyche is also under consideration.
The Sunderland board rate him highly after impressing at Watford and Burnley.
Big Sam has been out of a job since leaving West Ham at the end of the season.
Allardyce has pedigree when it comes to keeping teams in the Premier League, staving off relegation while at Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham.
The Burnley boss is well thought of at the Stadium of Light.
The Turf Moor club currently sit third in the Championship and are knocking on the door of the automatic promotion places. He wasn’t sacked when they were relegated from the Premier League, could he yet repay his current club’s loyalty and snub the Black Cats?
The former Arsenal captain has been plying his trade at Manchester City since hanging his boots up in 2011.
He was employed in a youth development role at the Etihad until 2013, when he was appointed manager of City’s Elite Development Squad.
Was linked with the Newcastle job in the summer, could he be tempted with a move to Sunderland?
The former Leicester City manager isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but did a fine job keeping the Foxes in the Premier League last year.
He is free and available and Sunderland wouldn’t need to pay any compensation.
Next permanent Sunderland manager:
7/2 Sam Allardyce;
9/2 Sean Dyche;
5/1 Patrick Vieira;
7/1 Michael Laudrup;
16/1 Chris Hughton;
16/1 Frank de Boer;
16/1 Nigel Pearson;
20/1 Harry Redknapp;