Sunderland AFC news: New favourite for job, Advocaat mistake, Beth Mead reflects

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The Sunderland manager situation continues to dominate the headlines at the club – with odds fluctuating in a volatile market.

Reports this morning claimed that Sunderland were looking at American Bob Bradley for the position vacated by Dick Advocaat.

And Bradley is understood to be free to join the Black Cats, despite being under contract at Norweigan side Stabaek.

Full story here.

Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson has emerged as the new favourite for the job with bookmakers BetVictor, having seen his odds cut from 6/1 to 2/1, with Sam Allardyce out at 9/4.

BetVictor spokesman Charlie McCann said: “We were never convinced that former Magpies’ boss Allardyce was the man for Ellis Short and Nigel Pearson is our new favourite for the vacancy at the Stadium Of Light.

However, the Echo understands Pearson is not one of the frontrummers, and that the club could look abroad for the next head coach.

Fellow bookmakers William Hill, meanwhile, still have Allardyce as favourite after a big bet was placed on him this morning.

Columnist David Jones, meanwhile, says that asking Dick Advocaat to return to Wearside in the summer was, in hindsight, a mistake.

For all the latest on the managerial situation, including updates on Sean Dyche, Bradley and Walter Mazzari, see our live blog.

Elsewhere, our most-viewed story yesterday, Harry Redknapp’s car park rant at Sunderland, continues to be well read today.

And striker Beth Mead has been reflecting on a fantastic season with Sunderland Ladies on the club’s official site