Nigel Pearson among favourites to become next Sunderland manager after Dick Advocaat steps down
Sunderland have just three points from their first eight games and the Wearside club are searching for a new manager this week.
Dick Advocaat saw his Black Cats team race into a 2-0 lead against West Ham on Saturday although defensive frailties were once again on show as the Hammers rallied to land a point and the Dutchman decided to walk.
Ellis Short is now searching for a replacement who can start helping the team pick up points with immediate effect. Nigel Pearson could be on his shortlist and the former Leicester manager is as short as 3/1 (bet365) for the role.
Pearson can currently be backed at a bigger 7/1 with Paddy Power and he fits the right profile of someone who has experience of this situation. After all, Leicester City spent plenty of last season in the drop zone before rallying to finish in mid-table.
Sam Allardyce has been predictably installed as favourite to take charge and the former Newcastle manager is a 6/4 poke with bet365 to return to the north-east and once again aim to pick up the pieces at a club who are struggling.
Whether Big Sam really wants the hassle of managing at a club where expectation levels are only marginally lower than Newcastle remains to be seen, although there is sure to be a juicy bonus should he keep them in the league.
Sean Dyche is a 5/1 chance although the Burnley boss might reflect he has more chance of steering the Clarets into the top flight than taking charge of a team who are odds-on to be playing Championship football next term.
Brendan Rodgers is a 12/1 chance although the former Liverpool boss might take a breather before considering his next career move, with the Merseyside club deciding to dispense with his services on Sunday.