Michael Owen reacts to Advocaat leaving Sunderland, Hutchison tips Allardyce as his replacement

Dick Advocaat

The former West Ham manager has been discussed by the ex-Sunderland midfielder.

Michael Owen has reacted to the news that Dick Advocaat won't be staying at Sunderland with surprise on Twitter.

Advocaat and Sunderland have both confirmed that the Dutchman will not continue with the Black Cats next season despite keeping them in afloat in the Premier League.

But Owen admits he wasn't expecting the decision:

Meanwhile, former Sunderland man Michael Gray thanked Advocaat for his services, with the passionate coach doing just what was needed of him by keeping the Black Cats in the top flight.

Elsewhere, former Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison has tipped the man recently relieved of his duties by West Ham for the post in Sam Allardyce:

There is a suggestion Allardyce may be unwilling to work under a director of football at Sunderland but, considering the need for the Black Cats to steady the ship, the former West Ham boss may be worth the risk.

Indeed, there is no one with a better record when it comes to making a side stable in the Premier League than Allardyce. He did so at West Ham and it was simply taking them to the next level that proved the stumbling block - far from a concern for Sunderland right now.

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