Ousted Brentford boss has potential to fill Sunderland dugout


We are told on a daily basis how Dick Advocaat and, more importantly, his wife don’t want to stick around in Sunderland on a full-time basis, regardless of how he fares in helping the Black Cats avoid the drop.

Add to that the news that Sam Allardyce, supposedly one game away from the sack at West Ham, is also out of the frame to take over 9/1 relegation candidates and all of a sudden contenders to fill the north east club’s dugout are in short supply.

Although it took a fair amount of digging, news.ladbrokes have uncovered three potential applicants that the decision makers on Wearside may wish to consider:

Mark Warburton

Despite leading Brentford to the play-offs in their first second-tier season since 1993, Warburton has been cast aside by the Londoners over a dispute on how to run the club.

A man of managerial talent having guided Brentford to fifth place in the Championship just one and a half years after taking over the then-League One side, Warburton is in hot demand with Rangers keen on landing the former city worker.

Michael Laudrup

The former Barcelona midfielder has carved out a reputation as a vagabond, never staying at a club for longer than two years since a four-season stint with Brondby in his first job.

He could be the perfect fit for the Black Cats, who haven’t had a boss stay as long as three years since Mick McCarthy between 2003 and 2006.

After leaving Swansea, Laudrup has guided Qatari side Lekhwiya to their domestic-league title and, true to the caricature, stated he’d decide on his future in the summer.

Paul Clement

Swapping the Real Madrid assistant manager role for the top job at one of the land’s more ramshackle outfits may not appeal to Clement, but his previous working relationship with Lee Congerton, Sunderland’s sporting director, at Chelsea may convince him to take a leap of faith.

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Matt Wiggins

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