Gus Poyet was sacked earlier today, ahead of the derby match in 20 days time, so we await with interest to see who is the next Sunderland manager.

As usual, the bookies haven’t been slow to put up the odds for his successor at Sunderland.

For whatever reason 67 year old Dick Advocaat is the early favourite, the one-time Rangers manager having had an incredible 19 different coaching/managerial jobs over the last thirty years.

However, many Newcastle fans will be looking with interest at the second favourite, Sam Allardyce being immediately backed down from 10/1 to 6/1.

Always think it helps when the mackems have somebody you already have a deep dislike of, Roy Keane springing immediately to mind.

Allardyce actually played one season for Sunderland 35 years ago – always thought he had red and white blood!

Would love to see our old friend Sam get the job, here’s hoping….

Below are the first four in the betting and you can see the full list of odds HERE.

We have also pulled out some of the other more interesting betting options, with the likes of Benitez, Clenent, Galtier and McCoist all having been linked with Newcastle before they ‘landed’ John Carver.

Alan Pardew or Dennis Wise arriving on Wearside would also be interesting…

4/5 Dick Advocaat

6/1 Sam Allardyce

8/1 Paul Bracewell

16/1 Kevin Ball

25/1 Ally McCoist

25/1 Harry Redknapp

25/1 Paul Clement

33/1 Christophe Galtier

33/1 Rafa Benitez

50/1 Alan Pardew

66/1 Dennis Wise

Check out all the possibilities and their prices HERE