Five replacements for Dick Advocaat as Sunderland boss
Following Dick Advocaat’s departure from Sunderland (2/1 for relegation next season), after he turned down a new deal to retire, Coral football writers provide five suitable successors for the Dutchman, who kept the club in the Premier League.
Sam Allardyce – 6/4 favourite to be next Sunderland boss
Although a former Newcastle United boss, Black Cats fans will perhaps not mind if the recent West Ham United boss took over at the Stadium of Light given his past links as a player with them in the 1980/81 season. He has also been a coach for Sunderland under Peter Reid just under 20 years ago.
Allardyce has been highly unlucky during his managerial career and never really appreciated, as he was sacked from the likes of the Magpies, Blackburn Rovers while not being offered a new deal at Upton Park, West Ham mid-table at the time.
Paul Clement – 2/1
Until recently, Clement was assistant head coach at Real Madrid, working with some of the best players in the world and learning his trade under Carlo Ancelotti.
With the Italian sacked, it now looks as if highly-rated Clement will finally be able to step into managing his own club, although was previously the favourite to take over at Derby County.
Roberto Di Matteo – 20/1
Former Chelsea boss Di Matteo has a great CV to his name, after guiding the Blues to a Champions League and FA Cup double and also gaining promotion with West Bromwich Albion.
He is now jobless after quitting Bundesliga club Schalke, and would certainly not be a bad shout to replace Advocaat, and follow on from former Chelsea teammate Gus Poyet.
Steve McClaren – 10/1
McClaren has been heavily linked with the Newcastle position as a replacement for John Carver, but Sunderland may want to try and get one over their bitter rivals by snapping up the former England boss.
Ex-Manchester United assistant coach McClaren has also had previous success up in the northeast, as the York-born 54-year-old led them to the League Cup title as well as reaching the UEFA Cup final.
Harry Redknapp – 33/1
At 33/1, Redknapp would be a great shout for punters to win big, given that the 68-year-old has said he would like to give Premier League management one last try after leaving QPR last season.
By joining Sunderland, he would link up once more with Jermain Defoe, who he has previously managed at West Ham, Bournemouth, Tottenham and Portsmouth. Londoner Redknapp has never managed or even played for a club in the north of England, though.
Other names that Coral provide for the next Sunderland manager position include Michael Laudrup, Slavisa Jokanovic (both 10/1), Sean Dyche (12/1), David Moyes (16/1), Gianfranco Zola (20/1), Frank De Boer and Marcelo Bielsa (both 25/1).