But Owen admits he wasn't expecting the decision:
Surprised Dick Advocaat is not staying on at Sunderland. Not a bad way to leave them though! Who's next? http://t.co/zZcWZomRIP— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 27, 2015
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.
Thank you for your services Dick And enjoy your retirement #Safc you did us proud— michael gray (@mickygray33) May 27, 2015
I had a funny feeling the other week that big Sam leaving West Ham will pop up somewhere. SAFC maybe.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 27, 2015
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.