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Thursday 8 December 2016

Dict Advocaat leaves the Black Cats for the 'sake of the club'

Sunderland head Dick Advocaat has revealed he has made a decision over his future - but refused to say what it is
Sunderland head Dick Advocaat has revealed he has made a decision over his future - but refused to say what it is

Dick Advocaat has quit struggling Sunderland, becoming the first Premier League manager this season to leave his job, followed later yesterday by Brendan Rodgers.

The experienced Dutch coach stepped down with Sunderland winless after eight league games.

The 68-year-old Advocaat was initially hired on a two-month deal last season and, after saving the team from relegation in May, he had a change of heart and decided to stay for a season.

Now he is leaving without compensation. “I feel it is the right time to do this – not for me, but for the club,” Advocaat said on the club website.

 “I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time (to) turn things around — like we did last year.”

Sunderland have three points and are only being kept off the bottom of the standings by northeast rivals Newcastle on goal difference.

Sunderland threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham on Saturday.

Due to the international break there is a two-week gap until Sunderland next plays at West Bromwich Albion on October 17.

Advocaat’s successor will be Sunderland’s eighth permanent manager since American businessman Ellis Short bought the club in 2008. “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,” Short said. “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 percent in our best interests.”

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