Sam Allardyce early favourite to succeed Dick Advocaat at Sunderland

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 May 2015, 09:47

Sunderland have begun the search for their sixth head coach in five years following Dick Advocaat's decision to leave the club. The Black Cats were hopeful that the popular Dutchman would put pen to paper and sign a new deal at the Stadium of Light, after saving them from relegation, however the 67-year-old has instead opted to bring the curtains down on his managerial career.

Attention has immediately turned to potential successors for the vacancy, with Sam Allardyce currently leading the way at 6/4 (Sky Bet) in the Next Sunderland Manager Market. The Former Black Cats defender, who went on to manage the club's bitter local rivals Newcastle, is looking for an instant return to the dugout after leaving West Ham on Sunday.

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Paul Clement is a name that has continuously cropped up since the close of the season, with the Real Madrid coach reportedly eager to make a name for himself in the managerial arena. The 43-year-old, who helped Los Blancos win the Champions League in 2014, is the hot favourite for the Derby County Job, however his head will no doubt be turned by the Wearside position, for which he is priced at 4/1.

Rumours are rife that Watford are set to replace their promotion winning head coach Slavisa Jokanovic after talks over a new contract broke down. The Serb is right in the mix to replace Adovcaat at 5/1, although his appointment may be considered a gamble.

Sunderland's north east neighbours Newcastle are also searching for a new gaffer, meaning the duo may be forced to go head-to-head for their targets, one of which could could be Steve McClaren, who is currently the red-hot favourite for the Toon job. However, the former England boss has also leapt into the betting for the Mackems post, at 6/1 with Sky Bet.

Other names catching attention at this early stage include Michael Laudrup, Christophe Galtier, and Sean Dyche, while David Moyes could be worth a punt out at 18/1.

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