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.
After reports from The Telegraph that Sunderland have approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson over a move to the Stadium of Light, the 52-year-old is now one of the main favourites for the job. A former Middlesbrough defender, Pearson could well be interested in a move back to the North East, with odds now as short as 6/4.
With Advocaat gone, former Middlesbrough defender Robbie Stockdale is in caretaker charge until a replacement is found. Intriguingly, Stockdale's odds of landing the permanent job have been slashed today, with prices now as short as 7/1, in what would be a major gamble from the Black Cats.
Having left Liverpool on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers could well be looking to get back in to football swiftly - though a move to Sunderland may not be on the cards. The 42-year-old now has odds around 20/1, drifting slowly out of the picture - suggesting that he won't be making the move up to Wearside.
Another name drifting out is Michael Laudrup. The former Barcelona and Real Madrid legend is currently managing in Qatar with Lekhwiya having left Swansea City in 2014, and the Dane could be tempted back to the Premier League - though odds of 16/1 make him an unlikely candidate.
He may still be the frontrunner, but Sam Allardyce's odds are slowly drifting. The 60-year-old, who was a defender for Sunderland during his playing days, is a free agent having left West Ham at the end of last season, but with odds moving out to around 5/4, there is now some doubt that he will take the job.