Sunderland betting update: Celtic boss surprisingly touted, Allardyce latest, Moyes in running?

Ronny Deila

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

Sunderland have 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.

Odds shortening

He may be under pressure at Celtic, but Norwegian boss Ronny Deila is now being linked with a move to Sunderland. Odds today have him priced as short as 20/1, in what would be a surprise move. Deila may have won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup last season, but failure to qualify for the Champions League in successive years has him feeling the heat in Glasgow.

Another manager whose odds are shortening is David Moyes. The former Manchester United and Everton boss is currently in Spain with Real Sociedad, but BBC Sport suggest that Moyes is one of a number of targets for Sunderland - and bookmakers have responded by pricing him as low as 15/2 this evening.

Odds drifting

One of the frontrunners yesterday, Patrick Vieira's odds are lengthening now. The Frenchman, who is currently in charge of Manchester City's reserves and academy, was a 9/1 shot yesterday, but is now as long as 16/1, with the former Arsenal star unlikely to give up his role at City to take over at Sunderland.

Burnley's Sean Dyche was also in the running yesterday, coming in as second favourite at 13/8 - yet today, the 44-year-old is in at around 7/1. With a strong squad at Burnley and aspirations of a return to the Premier League, Dyche may not be keen on trading that for a relegation battle at the Stadium of Light.

The favourite

Once again, the favourite is Sam Allardyce. The 60-year-old left West Ham at the end of last season and may be looking to return to work after a few months away from football. A former Sunderland player, Allardyce may be tempted by a move back to Wearside - and at evens, bookmakers are currently confident that he will be the man for the Black Cats.

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