Advocaat could walk away from Sunderland job after Black Cats concede seven goals against Leicester and Norwich
Away to Leicester and home to Norwich City looked on paper like a fantastic opportunity for Sunderland to pick up some early points.
However, two defensive horror shows have seen the Black Cats lose 4-2 and 3-1, with the Wearside club bottom of the table and crisis talks now taking place at this early stage of the campaign.
Dick Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet as manager last year and did an admirable job keeping Sunderland afloat, although the Dutchman has been dismayed by the team’s opening performances and might be regretting his decision to return to the Stadium of Light in the summer.
Paddy Power offer 5/4 about Advocaat winning the Sack Race and his latest comments after the Norwich defeat suggest that the former Netherlands and Glasgow Rangers coach might walk away.
“I cannot go on this way,” he said after Sunderland’s second surrender of the new season. “We have to find a solution one way or the other.
“If we keep playing this way then we have no chance at all,” said Advocaat. “I don’t like what I see. It’s like another team from the final eight games of last season. With all respect, even this team should be strong enough to get a good result against Norwich. They need a different mentality.”
William Hill offer a best price 4/6 that Sunderland are relegated this season, with the only positive being that there are thirty-six games remaining and that issues can be addressed in plenty of time.
Advocaat might well walk considering he has been given just £10 million to spend on two players this summer, with an apparent war chest of £50 million promised by owner Ellis Short.
Sunday’s crisis meeting is likely to have seen the manager and players air their grievances although the bottom line is that a lack of new signings is little excuse for the attitude shown by the players on the pitch.