Sunderland to suffer blow as Dutchman on the way out this summer

Sunderland are set to lose manager Dick Advocaat at the end of the season regardless of whether he keeps the club in the Premier League, according to the Sun.

Advocaat has turned things around at the Black Cats since joining in March and looks to have guided the team to safety, though they are not mathematically safe just yet.

They are three points above safety with one week to go, and have a game in hand over Hull and Newcastle as they travel away to Arsenal on Wednesday.

A point from that game will ensure Advocaat has kept the team in the top flight but he will not stay on as manager next season, despite initially looking set to pen a long-term deal.

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He is reportedly under pressure from his wife to stick to his word and leave at the end of his short-term Sunderland contract, calling time on his 28-year managerial career.

The 67-year-old has picked up 11 points from a possible 21 at Sunderland, giving him a win percentage of 43% – a significantly better ratio than Gus Poyet’s 31%.

His departure will leave Sunderland chiefs looking for a new boss over the summer, with West Ham’s Sam Allardyce linked with taking over the reigns.

Has Dick Advocaat turned things around at Sunderland? Do they need him next season?


Gus Poyet sacked by Sunderland, Dick Advocaat favourite to take over

Sunderland have sacked head coach Gus Poyet after a run of just one league win in 12 with the club just one point above the relegation zone with nine games to play.

Sunderland’s 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin for Poyet and that embarrassing loss stretched the team’s unbeaten run to six in the league.

“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season,” Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said in a club statement released today.

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“We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.

“I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.”

Gus Poyet's record as Sunderland manager since being appointed in October 2013.

Gus Poyet’s record as Sunderland manager since being appointed in October 2013

Sunderland have won just four times in the Premier League this season and have drawn a total of 14 games this season, half of those by a 0-0 scoreline.

The club bought Jermain Defoe in January but the Black Cats have not improved enough in front of goal to steer clear of relegation troubles.

Only Aston Villa (19) have scored fewer goals than Sunderland (23) in the league this season and the Black Cats have registered the fewest number of shots in the top flight.

Dick Advocaat is the early favourite to replace Poyet at the Stadium of Light but whoever comes in will only have nine games to turn things around.

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Sunderland travel to West Ham on Saturday and it is unclear if a new head coach will be in charge for the trip to London.

Current West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is also in the running for the job at Sunderland and he is the second-favourite at this point. Michael Laudrup, Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle are three other names being linked.

Did Gus Poyet deserve to get sacked? Who will be Sunderland’s next head coach?