Dick Advocaat has decided to leave his post as Sunderland manager just seven months after he was hired.
Sunderland sits 19th in the Premier League, just a goal ahead of north east rivals Newcastle United after eight games.
After keeping the Black Cats up last season, Advocaat has had a rough start to the new season, no wins and already conceding 18 goals, seven of which came in their first two games.
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This is despite spending £25 million on new players, considerably more than what was spent under Gus Poyet last season.
There had been rumours that Advocaat was ready to walk during the week, but it seems conceding a two-goal lead at home to West Ham yesterday was the final straw.
Another managerial search
Sunderland’s next manager will be their fifth in two years and it’s clear the club’s poor fortunes come from a lack of consistency at head coach.
Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet who could had been considered long-term options didn’t pay off and now Advocaat, who was convinced to stay after initially ending his managerial career in the summer, has been a dud too.
To kick on, Sunderland need to find a manager they can stick with for the long-term and to have a plan in place too.
The Black Cats have been in the Premier League since 2007 and since then have failed to finish in the top-half. In that time, clubs like Stoke City, Southampton and Swansea City have all been promoted and surpassed Sunderland with all three looking to finish solid mid-table and even perhaps make a push for the top seven.
Their next appointment needs to be someone the club can stick with, otherwise the club will continually narrowly avoid relegation every year until the club’s around them surpass them and they can’t find an escape route.
Judging by the starts to the season that AFC Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich City and Leicester City have all had, that could be this season.
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