Advocaat: Sunderland squad too thin, chairman to blame

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In case you haven’t already noticed, Sunderland are in serious trouble — again. More trouble, though, than any of us are probably aware, says former Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat.

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Advocaat, who resigned following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United, went on Dutch TV program “Studio Voetbal” on Monday and spilled what is surely only the first bit of information regarding his time — and struggles — at Sunderland.

Advocaat, on the club’s current predicament — quotes from the Guardian:

“Our squad was simply not good enough. The club knew we had to strengthen ourselves but the chairman never told me how much we could spend. The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea. It was time for someone else to take over. I became negative and didn’t feel like myself.”

The last thing supporters of any club wants to hear from a departed manager is, “The chairman (Ellis Short) made my job very difficult due to incompetence and/or a strained working relationship,” because chances are that’s not something likely to change for the next man in charge.

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Whoever replaces Advocaat (Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche are widely being reported as the favorites) will have to overcome the same trials and tribulations from within. Anytime you find yourself in a relegation battle, which is now an annual tradition at the Stadium of Light, it’s paramount that everyone is working together and pulling in the same direction in order to remain in the Premier League.

Per Advocaat’s comments, that’s not the case at Sunderland, and one of many reasons we could finally say goodbye to the Black Cats this season.