Following on from their unforgivable 4-0 loss to Aston Villa at home last time out – a side who let’s not forget have completely struggled when it comes to scoring goals this season – Gus Poyet was unceremoniously sacked as Sunderland boss and finally given his marching orders down at the Stadium of Light.
It never seemed like the Uruguayan was a bad manager really, just that the Black Cats simply couldn’t go much further with him at the helm. Sunderland have arguably been the worst side to watch throughout this entire season, seemingly drawing games for fun yet failing to score many goals or entertain the fans much in the process.
They now linger dangerously in and around the dreaded relegation zone, which ultimately could still see the Wearsiders be demoted back down to the Championship after several decent years in the top-flight of English football.
Sunderland are 6/4 to be relegated from the Premier League at Betfred.
Now with experienced Dutchman – Dick Advocaat – taking over at the Stadium of Light however, do the Black Cats stand any meaningful chance of surviving this season, or are they already seemingly doomed in what has really been a season to forget for their persistent supporters?
Well for one thing, to say that Sunderland’s new main man in the dug-out has been around the block once or twice would be a huge understatement. Advocaat has managed several teams on the international scene – including the Netherlands, Serbia and South Korea – he has seemingly worked his magic all over his native Dutch league, and the 67-year-old has even done the business in the Bundesliga as well as the Russian Premier League, just in case his CV didn’t already look impressive enough.
Aside from a brief spell with Rangers in the late 1990’s however, the experienced Dutchman is yet to truly test his hand at managing within the ever testing realms of British football.
Whilst such a fact may hamper his chances of quickly changing Sunderland’s fortunes this season, it remains a revelation that simply could have very little influence on how Dick Advocaat eventually ends the 2014/15 campaign. We have seen how much better Aston Villa, West Brom and Crystal Palace look with a fresh new face in the dug-out – and as the Black Cats were in more than desperate need of freshening things up before it was too late – the Dutch coach is seemingly well placed to have a good impact throughout the rest of the year just because he is something different to the norm.
That said however, Sunderland’s players themselves are going to have to up their game if anyone is to take them seriously from now till the end of the season. One too many times they were the ones to let Gus Poyet down this term, even though the manager invariably takes the lion’s share of the blame in such cases. If the club’s senior pros don’t get their act together sooner or later, the same fate could ultimately await Dick Advocaat – regardless of whatever role he ultimately has to play.
With all things considered though, this quick change should likely act as a wakeup call for everyone involved with Sunderland at the moment. Advocaat should therefore be in good spirits to go about his business at the Stadium of Light until his contract expires at the end of the season.
As West Ham’s Sam Allardyce will reportedly be targeted by the Black Cats come the culmination of the footballing calender however, perhaps Sunderland’s new boss is only here for the short stay – even if he successfully manages to keep the struggling Premier League club adrift of the relegation zone by the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
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