Dick Advocaat quits Sunderland after win-less start to PL season
The 68-year-old was under-pressure for much of the start of the season, after recording no Premier League wins, and has finally quit to leave the Black Cats in 19th after gaining just three points from eight games.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 4, 2015
“I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me,” he said. “This is a very special football club, with so many great people, but I feel it is the right time to do this – not for me, but for the club.
“I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time turn things around – like we did last year. I am thankful to the chairman for understanding my feelings and I remain on good terms with everyone at the club.
“I wish Ellis, Lee [Congerton], all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, who made me feel so welcome here, the very best of luck for the rest of the season. I have some wonderful memories to take with me and I hope I will return to see everybody again in the future.”
— Coral (@Coral) October 4, 2015
While former Rangers and Netherlands boss Advocaat’s decision to quit may well be the right choice, fans should not forget the fantastic work he and his team achieved at the end of last campaign to stay in the top flight.
However, it has been a different story this term, with Sunderland leaking in 18 goals, the most in the league, and most recently letting a 2-0 lead against West Ham United slip.
The Black Cats now go into the international break, where their hierarchy now have some time to spare to pick a new manager, with the likes of Sam Allardyce and Sean Dyche being potential successors.