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Advocaat: what the papers say...

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The Northern Echo, Paul Fraser - Sam Allardyce would want assurances that cash was available for squad investment in January if Sunderland are to stand any chance of persuading him to succeed Advocaat.

The Journal - Chronicle Live - The identity of Dick Adovcaat's replacement is likely to determine whether Sunderland continue with the sporting director model.

The Mirror - Sunderland are without a manager - 10 things we learned from the Premier League weekend.

Daily Mail, Craig Hope - Sunderland owner Ellis Short has told disillusioned sporting director Lee Congerton he must remain at the club and find Dick Advocaat’s replacement despite handing in his notice.

Chairman 'truly saddened' by Advocaat leaving

Ellis Short. Credit: SAFC

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short says he is "truly saddened" by Dick Advocaat's decision to step down as head coach:

I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club.

He is a man of integrity and a true football person. He was hugely respectful of the club in taking this decision and he acted 100% in our best interests. It is also testament to his character that he has forgone any kind of a financial settlement, something which is very unusual in football.

I want to place on record my sincere thanks to Dick. He will be remembered with great affection by everyone at Sunderland and there will always be a warm welcome for him here at the Stadium of Light.

While this isn’t a situation any of us envisaged being in, what is important now is that we regroup quickly and focus on the rest of the season.”

– Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short


Advocaat: stepping down 'right for the club'

Dick Advocaat Credit: PA

Dick Advocaat says stepping down as head coach of Sunderland is "right for the club".

I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me. 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.”

– Dick Advocaat

Advocaat 'cannot say' whether he will remain in charge

Dick Advocaat Credit: PA

Speculation into whether manager Dick Advocaat will leave Sunderland continues today, after comments he made following his team's draw with West Ham.

Sunderland had led two nil, but conceded two goals and had a player sent off.

It was a much improved performance for the Black Cats, but when asked whether he would remain manager, Advocaat responded "I cannot say".


Sunderland 2 - 2 West Ham

Steven Fletcher. Credit: PA

Sunderland are drawing 2 - 2 against West Ham.

Steven Fletcher scored, putting Sunderland 1-0 up - the ball was rolled back to him from a corner, and he fired home from the penalty spot.

Jeremain Lens then added an outstanding second, chipping goalkeeper Adrian from 20 yards out.

But on the stroke of half time West Ham hit back, fullback Carl Jenkinson sweeping home from a Victor Moses cross.

Jeremain Lens was then sent off for a second bookable offence, leaving Sunderland down to 10 men.

West Ham equalised after Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon parried the ball and Dimitri Payet was there to convert.

Sunderland make three changes

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Dick Advocaat has made three changes to the Sunderland team that lost 3-0 against Manchester United.

The West Ham lineup is unchanged.

Sunderland starting XI:

Pantilimon; Jones, Yedlin, Coates, O’Shea; Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen, Lens Borini; Fletcher.

West Ham starting XI:

Adrian; Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Payet, Lanzini; Sakho.

Dick Advocaat may quit as Sunderland boss today

There's speculation this morning that Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat may quit the club after his team's disappointing start to the season.

The Black Cats face West Ham at the Stadium of Light this afternoon. Advocaat is reported to be 'considering his position' and may resign irrespective of today's scoreline.

It's only four months since Sunderland fans sent flowers to Mr Advocaat's wife for apparently supporting his decision to stay at the club.

Fans reacted to the rumours as they arrived at the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

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