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Sunderland AFC have today announced that Dick Advocaat has resigned from his position as Sunderland manager.
Advocaat, who re-joined the club in the summer after guiding the Black Cats to safety last season, leaves the club with only one win this season. That being a capital one cup game against Exeter City. Sunderland are currently in 19th position in the Premier League with only 3 points.
Sunderland are now on the lookout for their sixth manager in four years. Former managers include; Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neil, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet.
Personally, the news doesn’t surprise me at all. I said it in my West Ham match review, Dick Advocaat is a winner. He’s achieved a ton of success with PSV, Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St. Petersburg. He isn’t used to being involved in relegation scraps and losing week in, week out. I do feel for the guy. He loves the club, but I think it’s the right decision for him. Let him enjoy his retirement.
The other piece of breaking news is that Lee Congerton, Sunderland’s Sporting Director, has also left the club. This leaves Ellis Short with a major re-building task on his hands. Rumour has it that Lee’s hands were tied given our financial restrains in the transfer market and that the likes of Di Canio and Poyet were able to bring in their own players, who he felt weren’t up to scratch. This has left us with an aging squad on high wages and that could be off putting for an incoming manager when you consider both that and our current position in the league.
The big question is, who’s next? That’s the million dollar question right now. Let’s take a look at some of the names so far:
Sean Dyche: Dyche has worked wonders on a shoestring budget for Burnley, even if they did get relegated after one season in the Premier League; it’s still a marvellous achievement to get a club the size of Burnley into the top flight. I can imagine Burnley’s chairman allowing him to speak to Sunderland should he be approached, but I think he’s too loyal to them. Getting Burnley promoted back into the League would be better for his reputation rather than suffering relegation yet again.
Nigel Pearson: I was surprised that he got sacked from Leicester considering that they survived relegation last season. His foul-mouthed press-conferences could be off putting for our owners so that may go against him. But still, Pearson is a good manager who will grind out the best from his players.
Harry Redknapp: Done wonders at West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs so it’s easy to see why he’s been linked with Sunderland. However, Harry has always said that he’s not interested in moving away the south of England plus his advancing years may raise questions regarding how long he’s willing to stay in management.
Guus Hiddink: Like Redknapp, Guus isn’t getting any younger. He recently resigned from a disastrous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with the Netherlands and it’s likely that he may never manage again. He could do what Advocaat did and steady the ship until the end of the season, but we need someone for the long run.
Sam Allardyce: Big Sam, a former Sunderland player, has a strong pedigree when it comes to keeping teams in the Premier League. His long ball style is looked down upon by most fans, but it does get the job done. Sometimes you need to fight dirty when your back is up against the wall. The bad news is that he has recently said that he isn’t ready to return to football just yet. Saying that, Dick was ready to retire before changing his mind so it can be done.
Patrick Vieira: Was almost appointed the Newcastle manager this season before McClaren got the job. He has been doing a good job with Manchester City’s development squad. Just because he was a great player doesn’t mean he’ll be a great manager. Appointing Vieira is a risk that we shouldn’t gamble with.
Frank De Boer: Far too loyal to Ajax. Turned down the Newcastle job last season (and this summer too) as he doesn’t want to leave Ajax during the season. Could have been an ideal choice in my opinion.
Michael Laudrup: What an incredible job Laudrup did at Swansea. He’s currently a free agent and has a favourable reputation in England. A young manager who still has a point to prove in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp: How amazing would this be? I think Klopp is an amazing manager; I just love his passion and his charisma is off the charts. He has said that his next job doesn’t necessary have to be a top team, but let’s be honest, Sunderland are beneath him. Heavily linked with Liverpool which would be an ideal match for the former Dortmund manager.
Jurgen Klinsmann: Swapping Stateside for Wearside? You serious, bro?
From all those names, I would love to see Laudrup get the job. Will he get it? I don’t know. It’s up in the air right now.
Who do you think will get the job? Will Sunderland survive this season? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be right back as soon as an announcement has been made.