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Dick Advocaat has left his role as Sunderland manager - who could replace him?

Sunderland have today confirmed on their official website that manager Dick Advocaat has stepped down from his role at the Stadium of Light.

The veteran manager kept the Black Cats in the Premier League last season, and decided to remain on Wearside despite plans to retire - but it now looks like that will be the next step for Advocaat having resigned after Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

Bookmakers are already pricing up odds for who could replace Advocaat - here are some of the notable names involved this evening, with odds compiled by Oddschecker.

Favourites

Unsurprisingly, Sam Allardyce leads the way in the odds for the Sunderland job. The former West Ham boss has been out of work since the end of last season, and having previously played for Sunderland, a return to Wearside certainly makes sense. An experienced, veteran manager who knows how to stabilise Premier League teams, Allardyce would be a smart appointment for the Black Cats. Current odds: Evens

Another interest target would be Burnley's Sean Dyche. The 44-year-old proved his ability when he took Burnley to the Premier League in 2014, and whilst he couldn't keep the Clarets in the top flight, Dyche is one of the most highly-rated young managers in English football. It would be a risk for him to join Sunderland, given the safety of his role at Turf Moor, but a return to the Premier League could be hard to turn down. Current odds: 13/8

Middle of the pack

The biggest risk for Sunderland would be appointing Patrick Vieira. The former Arsenal star is currently in charge of Manchester City's reserves and academy, and his work with the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Jason Denayer in recent years has put him in contention for a managerial job. With little experience, it may be a gamble for Sunderland, but it depends how ambitious they want to be. Current odds: 9/1

Along with Advocaat, Brendan Rodgers also left his role today. The 42-year-old has parted company with Liverpool today, and the Northern Irish manager should have a number of offers to make a swift return to management. A move to Sunderland may be something of a step down from Liverpool, but with the ability to build his own side, it may be a challenge that Rodgers will relish. Current odds: 10/1

Outsiders

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a fan favourite as a player with Sunderland's North East rivals Middlesbrough, and he is now impressing as a manager too. The Dutchman took Burton Albion to League One last season, and has made a strong start to life in the third tier as well. Again, Hasselbaink would be a huge gamble for Sunderland, but he is one of the county's top up-and-coming managers. Current odds: 33/1

After leaving Manchester United 18 months ago, David Moyes took a left-field option and moved out to Spain with Real Sociedad. The Scot isn't enjoying too much success this season, and could be tempted back to English football, should Sunderland make an offer - though a mid-season departure would be something of a surprise.. Current odds: 40/1

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