Sunderland are expected to part company with Gus Poyet at a meeting with their manager later today according to the Daily Mail.
Apparently Poyet is “almost certain” to be sacked and “sporting director Lee Congerton has advised owner Ellis Short that Poyet should be dismissed and the search has already begun for a replacement”.
Yet, given the paucity of suitable and available replacements in the upper reaches of the next permanent Sunderland manager betting, the wisdom of such a move has to be doubted.
Dick Advocaat, currently in the 18th managerial role of a long and winding career, leads the market at 4/5.
Yet the Dutchman has already ‘retired’ from club management once, after leaving PSV Eindhoven at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Since first finding success as manager at the Eindhoven outfit between 1994 and 1998 he has mostly managed sides among the biggest in their respective leagues.
Ominously for Sunderland he has generally suffered whenever bossing lesser outfits, as a 26.47% win ratio at Dordrecht or a 22% success rate at Borussia Mönchengladbach show.
Next in the betting is West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at 5/1.
‘Big Sam’ might well be the kind of manager who could make a real difference at the Stadium of Light but it’s unlikely he would be allowed to leave the Boleyn Ground mid-season.
After the Irons boss comes serial short–termist Michael Laudrup, a manager whose insistence to sign the likes of Chico Flores wherever he goes would do little to alter the murky recruitment scene on Wearside.
Harry Redknapp is fourth in the market at 16/1 despite leaving QPR in a perilous state, deep in the relegation zone less than two months ago, due to physical infirmity.
It’s 20/1 bar and beyond that quartet the likes of MLS Coach of the Year Ben Olsen and former Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies will reward punters with a score for every pound they stake should they take the helm.
Olsen may be a talented coach but parachuting him into the badlands of Premier League relegation battle would downright cruel.
Meanwhile Davies’ sole experience of top-flight management was the first four months of one of the worst campaigns in the history of the division at Derby County.