Sunderland betting update: Major movement on Bob Bradley, Paul Lambert in contention?

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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 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

Former United States boss Bob Bradley is now considered to be one of the favourites to take the Sunderland job after a flurry of bets over the last 24 hours. The 57-year-old is currently managing in Norway with Stabaek, but is now as short as 2/1 to be the new Black Cats manager, with American owner Ellis Short no doubt familiar with Bradley's career so far.

Another manager whose odds have been shortened recently is former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert. Out of work since being sacked by Villa in February, the Scot may now be ready for a return to Premier League management. With odds of 12/1, Lambert is slowly coming in to the picture, but still appears to be an outsider.

Odds drifting

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson appears to be in the running for the job, but his odds have drifted back out again today. The 52-year-old's free agent status will be attractive to the Black Cats, but he has now moved back out to around 4/1, leaving him as the second favourite.

The favourite

He may still be the frontrunner, but Sam Allardyce's odds have been fluctuating recently. 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 back down to 11/8, hopes of snapping up Allardyce have increased again.

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