Sunderland look likely to be in for another relegation fight this season after opening their campaign with just two points from a possible 21, and David Moyes’ place at the helm is already in danger.
The Black Cats are in peril, and Betfair has odds on 26 candidates who could take over at the Stadium of Light, with former Sunderland chief Steve Bruce currently in pole position at 5/1 (6.00).
Bruce led the Black Cats between June 2009 and November 2011 in his previous spell at the helm, leaving the club after they sat in a similar predicament to the one they face now.
The northeast native succeeded in reshaping Sunderland’s squad with a player overhaul during his stay, but a win percentage of just 29.6% is the worst Bruce has held at any club he’s managed.
Ryan Giggs is another selection currently out of work, priced at 7/1 (8.00) but Sunderland may be wary about hiring such an inexperienced figure, while Burnley chief Sean Dyche is found at the same odds.
Derby County manager Nigel Pearson is currently suspended by his club, egging on speculation he could make his return to the English top flight, and the former Leicester City boss is listed at 8/1 (9.00) to take over at Sunderland.
Looking slightly further down the market, managerial journeyman Steve McClaren is a 14/1 (15.00) pick to make a swift return to the Premier League six months after he was shown the exit by his last club, Newcastle United.
Another former manager linked with a return to the Stadium of Light is Sam Allardyce, still reeling from the Telegraph investigation that led from his resignation as England manager, but potentially open to a quick Premier League comeback and can be found at 18/1 (19.00).
If it’s passion and experience Sunderland are searching for, former Chile, Argentina and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa could be what they’re searching for, available at 20/1 (21.00), while axed Manchester United chief Louis van Gaal is slightly further out at 25/1 (26.00).
The old links don’t end with Allardyce and Bruce, either, as former managers Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane - serving as manager and assistant for the Republic of Ireland - are priced at 25/1 (26.00) and 33/1 (34.00) to take over at Sunderland, respectively.
Ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini left Inter over the summer and is a steep underdog for the Stadium of Light position down at 50/1 (51.00), just behind 40/1 (41.00) long shot Tony Pulis.
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