Following another poor start to the Premier League season, Sunderland are once again looking for a new manager. Speculation had been mounting over the weekend that Dick Advocaat would walk away from Stadium of Light no matter the outcome of their match against West Ham, and that’s just what he did. Advocaat arrived in the North-East at the end of last season following the sacking of Gus Poyet. He initially signed a deal till the end of the season and said he would leave and retire at the end of that deal. Advocaat built up a strong connection with Sunderland and it’s fans, and after helping them stave off what appeared to be sure relegation, made a U-turn in the summer and decided to stay on as manager.
After a start to the season that has seen Sunderland fail to win a game in their first eight Premier League fixtures, the pressure was on Advocaat to turn turn things around, and quickly. Only neighbours Newcastle sit below Sunderland in the Premier League table. Sunderland have picked up three draws this season, including a 2-2 draw with West Ham in what was Advocaat’s last game in charge of the Black Cats. It was clear to see that Advocaat had already made his decision to walk away before this game, hugging Sunderland fans that sat near the bench and looking emotional all the way through the game. Sunderland announced this afternoon that Advocaat had decided to leave the Stadium of Light.
Who’s in the frame?
Sunderland have gone from manager to manager in the last few seasons, with all of them coming into to steer them clear of relegation and then struggling to improve Sunderland’s fortunes the following season. Sunderland need a manager who can build the club and not just have a short-term impact. Who are the candidates?
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