Gus Poyet could be Dead Man Walking at Sunderland and he's 1/8 in the Sack Race market
Sunderland need a fire-fighter if they are to avoid relegation and it appears that chairman Ellis Short is prepared to turn to the experienced Dick Advocaat.
It would appear that Gus Poyet is set to leave the Stadium of Light this week, with the Uruguayan planning to meet with the Sunderland board on Monday and a quick decision will need to be made on Wearside.
Advocaat has been a football manager since 1980 and took charge of Glasgow Rangers for a four-year stint between 1998 and 2002.
He has also been the Dutch national manager and Paddy Power go odds on that he takes charge of a Black Cats team whose confidence has been severely dented after an almighty thrashing at the hands of Villa.
BetVictor offer 5/4 about the Dutchman, with Sam Allardyce and Michael Laudrup the other names on the bookmaker shortlist, although neither would appear to be greatly interested in making the switch to Sunderland.
Allardyce has been linked with a West Ham exit, while former Hammers manager Harry Redknapp is a 16/1 chance to become Sunderland’s next manager although his track record at QPR doesn’t suggest he is the man to keep the team in the top flight.
It appears that Advocaat could already be in line to take the reins at short notice, with Poyet having effectively lost the confidence of the Sunderland board who are growing concerned that the Wearside team could drop out of the Premier League.