Sunderland has stayed afloat in the Premier League for seven consecutive years, and current manager Dick Advocaat is cautious to say that the Black Cats will remain in England’s top-flight on the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
Advocaat took over for the fired Gus Poyet in March after the English club had faltered for the majority of the season, and if the former PSV Eindhoven boss hopes to be in charge next year, his side will have to ward off demotion with three games left.
At 16th in the league table, Sunderland, holding a 36-point total, is only two points ahead of 18th-place Hull City. The matches ahead of them aren’t easy, too. Tomorrow the opponent will be Leicester City, who have won six of their last seven competitions. The next two weeks, Advocaat will have very difficult tests against PL top dogs Arsenal and Chelsea.
“I think it’s better to wait until after next weekend,” Advocaat said before Saturday’s home game against Leicester. “If we stay up, then that’s the success of the club, for everybody who works for the club, and we are part of that.
“I have to be very fair to the players, the way they train, the way they work during the games. We are very positive about that so in that way, I have no complaints at all about the players. Enjoyment is helped by winning games. That means the work you are doing is more enjoyable than when you lose.
The Sunderland managerial job is definitely arduous, but the Dutchman has put forth a quality effort to recover solid form for the Black Cats, and in such a small period of time. In six games at the helm, Advocaat has witnessed three wins, a draw and two losses. And considering that Hull City will encounter Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United to finalize its campaign, Sunderland is not alone when it comes to an end-of-the-year gauntlet.