Sunderland continue their search for a new manager after Dick Advocaat confirmed he wouldn't be staying on.
The betting market has opened up a little in terms of the next potential Sunderland manager, with two current favourites for the role as the market stands.
Those favourites are Sam Allardyce and Paul Clement, Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid.
Both men are a best price of 3/1, but Allardyce arguably has the edge because of his superior experience in terms of getting teams established in the middle of the Premier League table.
Clement would be an exciting appointment but whether he’s the right man to take Sunderland forward is a bit of a gamble.
Phillip Cocu is third favourite at 7/2 while the odds on Steve McClaren taking up a role at the Stadium of Light after he was sacked by Derby County have drifted longer to a price of 10/1.
Whoever the Black Cats opt for, it’s an appointment they need to get right because it’s one which is going to shape the short and long term future of the club.
The new man coming in is going to be under heavy pressure to get the team into a position where the struggles of last season never repeat themselves.