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Sam Allardyce favourite to become next Sunderland manager


Allardyce could find himself back in Premier League management as next Sunderland manager

Dick Advocaat decided that his stint at the Stadium of Light would be a short one, with the Dutchman succeeding in keeping the Black Cats in the top flight with the minimum of fuss.

It now means that Sunderland are searching for yet another new manager, with Advocaat, Gus Poyet, Paolo Di Canio and Martin O’Neill having departed in little over two years.

Owner Ellis Short will be interviewing prospective candidates over the next few weeks and it is Sam Allardyce who heads the betting list, with the former West Ham and Newcastle manager 11/8 with a free bet promotion from Sky Bet to take charge on Wearside.

Allardyce has recently parted company with the Hammers after a relatively successful stint at the Boleyn Ground, with the experienced manager having also been in charge of Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Allardyce may not want to be next Sunderland manager considering he’s expressed a desire to enjoy family life for the next few weeks and months, with other candidates worthy of consideration.

Paul Clement is 6/1 for the job although it appears that the Real Madrid coach is close to arriving at Derby County instead, while Slavisa Jokanovic might have guided Watford into the top flight but still represents a gamble for a club who have been flirting with relegation over the past few seasons.

One interesting contender could be Neil Lennon and the Bolton Wanderers manager can be backed at 33/1 to replace Advocaat at the Stadium of Light.

Lennon has previously been in charge of Celtic so knows a thing or two about high-pressure football management, while the Northern Irishman has done pretty well with Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.

Mark Warburton is another interesting name on the list and the former Brentford coach is on offer at 40/1, although it would represent a risk hiring someone who has never managed at this level.

Steve McClaren is a 12/1 poke and out of work although Newcastle also appear interested in his services and the fact that Derby County recently sacked him in the Championship is hardly the vote of confidence required.

Michael Laudrup is once again on the shortlist for a return to Premier League management although the Dane hasn’t expressed a desire to appear on these shores again, with Ally McCoist a 33/1 shot.

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