Sunderland are looking at the likes of Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce and former Swansea City man Michael Laudrup to replace Gus Poyet, according to the bookies' odds.
Dick Advocaat is favourite to take over as Sunderland manager, but the bookies also believe that the likes of West Ham United's Sam Allardyce and former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup are in contention.
Sunderland parted ways with Gus Poyet earlier today and the Chronicle believes that they will look to make a short-term appointment, until the end of the season.
The Black Cats are in dire need of victories to pull themselves away from the bottom three, which they are currently only one point clear of, and it will be important that they get the next appointment right.
If they bring in Advocaat, who is a best priced 11/10 shot, it will be a risk as the Dutchman has no Premier League experience.
Advocaat, who is the clear favourite, has spent his entire managerial career in charge of clubs across Europe, but taking over an English club would be a new challenge for him.
Of the candidates listed, Laudrup, style wise, is probably the most similar to Poyet - as he would also want to bring a passing approach to the Stadium of Light.
It was reported earlier today in the Daily Mail that West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce would take the job if it was offered him and, therefore, it is no surprise that he is also amongst the leading candidates to take over.
Also mentioned on the list of potential Sunderland bosses are Glenn Hoddle (14/1), Harry Redknapp (20/1) and Mark Warburton (25/1).
All odds quoted were listed as such on Oddschecker.