Going back to the end of last season, Sunderland had just pulled off another great escape after Dick Advocaat injected some much needed energy.
So when he decided to stay it seemed like they could really kick on and avoid another deja vu season, alas two games in and it looks all too familiar.
Again the poor Sunderland fans were deceived by an excellent end of season run to avoid relegation like under Gus Poyet and Paolo di Canio before him. Now after the first two diabolical performances by the Black Cats it's hard to imagine anything but another relegation dogfight and the best the fans can hope for is another change of manager to pull off the impossible.
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The real problem is the players, they would appear to be just a bunch of rejects from other Premier League clubs and has-been's with no real fight left in them.
There is one small glimmer of hope in the shape of the young Duncan Watmore, coming on in the recent 3-1 loss to Norwich and grabbing a goal for himself. It's just unfortunate that the other players can't follow suit. The Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates centre-back partnership just looks like they are going through the motions, never really reacting to what's happening on the pitch.
In attack, Jermain Defoe is a shade of the player that once found the goal with consummate ease and cannot be relied on to bag enough goals for survival. This team is screaming out for some investment and new blood in all areas of the squad.
But that doesn't look very likely, even with the huge amount of TV money coming into the club it's just not getting spent. BBC sport reported that Dick Advocaat has held crisis talks with the players to find out what's going on, only two games into the season, that sounds like a man who has no idea what's going on and you have to agree with him.
It makes no sense how you can have a team like Leicester who have great end of season form change manager and start the new season like a bat out of hell, then Sunderland keep their manager and look like a completely different team. Something needs to happen or I highly doubt Sunderland will be a Premier League team next season.
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