After winning a league-low seven matches last year and just barely surviving relegation, Sunderland’s struggles have continued.
The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table, winless through seven matches with just two points on the season. They have conceded 16 goals and have a -10 goal differential, both worst in the league.
Ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham, reports began to circulate that Dick Advocaat could be on his way out as the Sunderland boss if the side does not get a result.
While Advocaat denied that he would leave after this weekend, he didn’t sound too reassuring when talking about his future at the Stadium of Light.
I always think in facts.
The fact is it is now Friday and I am manager of Sunderland but what will happen on Sunday, or a week after Sunday, or nine months after Sunday – then I will tell you the real story. But now I am still here.
When it is time to do something, then I will do so. Today is not the time to do something. For me it’s important to discuss what happens tomorrow, not to say what maybe will happen on Sunday or a week later.
Earlier this season, Advocaat got in a bit of a row with the Sunderland board, saying the club did not spend proper money to bring in quality players to compete in the Premier League. Despite making a few transfers before the deadline, they remain without a win.
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Advocaat was appointed as Sunderland’s manager last March, leading the club to a 16th place finish, three points above relegation. After the season, the 68-year-old said he was retiring from management after more than three decades on the touchlines. However, the club convinced Advocaat to return for one more year, although now it looks like he could be on his way out sooner than expected.