The bookies' odds have thrown up some interesting names for the Black Cats job.
Harry Redknapp - 16-1
But few options could be worse. Firstly, from the standard of his punditry, Redknapp appears very limited with his knowledge and extremely out of touch with the modern game. Apart from calling the odd player 't'riffic,' it's difficult to see what he can offer at the Stadium of Light.
All Redknapp can do is play attacking football - and his time at QPR shows he doesn't know how to sort out a defence.
As his time at QPR also shows, he is no relegation fighter. He doesn't have the stomach for it.
Brendan Rodgers - 6-1
Brendan Rodgers is 100 per cent not the man for a relegation fight, either.
Rodgers may well be a candidate for Sunderland in a few years if they needed to build a side that can entertain without defending and finish mid-table. If he can't sort out Liverpool's back four in over three seasons, imagine how many goals he would have Sunderland ship in a season?
Let's take his achievements into context. Rodgers did well with a Swansea side that he had promoted after the foundations were laid for him. At Liverpool, he was nothing without the best striker in the world.
Many have defended him by saying it wasn't his fault his best players left. At Sunderland, however, he won't have those best players to start with - which would spell absolute disaster.
Paul Lambert - 18-1
An intriguing outside shot based on the Sky Bet odds, the former Aston Villa boss is another coach the Black Cats should steer clear of.
At Villa, Lambert never got relegated but there seemed an inevitability that he would were he not sacked during his last season. His teams play ultra negative football and simply wouldn't be able to score the goals needed at the Stadium of Light.
Sam Allardyce, Nigel Pearson and Sean Dyche are the favourites to succeed Dick Advocaat at Sunderland and, on balance, they are the right choices - especially compared to the likes of Redknapp, Rodgers and Lambert.