Dick Advocaat could leave Sunderland if they fail to beat West Ham on Saturday, with Allardyce among those linked to post
Sunderland are rock bottom of the Premier League, having landed just two points from seven matches thus far.
The Black Cats were soundly beaten at Old Trafford on Saturday, following hard on the heels of a Capital One Cup humiliation last week where Manchester City demolished them in the first half.
Dick Advocaat is now odds-on on the Premier League Sack Race market, with the Dutchman 10/11 to get the axe first and the bookies are starting to assemble their next Sunderland manager odds.
Patrick Vieira’s name has been linked with the post although Sam Allardyce is the 2/1 favourite, with the former Newcastle boss an obvious appointment considering that owner Ellis Short needs a manager who can iron things out quickly if the Black Cats are to stand any chance of beating the drop.
Allardyce left West Ham at the end of last season and could be open to a return to football management, having been hugely successful with limited resources at Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and then West Ham.
Sean Dyche could be open to discussing the role although remains committed to Burnley for now, with Roberto Di Matteo a 9/1 shot although perhaps Sunderland will want to appoint someone with a stronger track record.
Ally McCoist is a 14/1 chance and the former Rangers boss may well apply if Advocaat walks away at the Stadium of Light, with Saturday’s game against West Ham looming large in terms of the Dutchman’s future.
Sunderland badly need a win from that game although they face a Hammers team who have enjoyed victories away to Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool so far.