Thursday 23 November 2017

Advocaat: Cats squad not good enough

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat has admitted his Sunderland squad were simply not good enough to avoid another scrap for Premier League survival.

The 68-year-old head coach parted company with the club on Sunday just eight games into the new league season having failed to lead them to victory in any of them.

He left following Saturday's 2-2 home draw with West Ham without asking for a penny in settlement and retaining a fondness for the Black Cats, but has since revealed his reasons for doing so.

Advocaat said: "I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style.

"The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea. I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland. I became negative and that didn't feel like myself.

"I don't regret signing my new contract because it was a great experience. Our squad was simply not good enough. The club knew we had to strengthen ourselves, but the chairman (Ellis Short) never told me how much we could spend."

He added that he had no regrets taking the job: "Sunderland is in my view a very beautiful club. What I have seen no one can take away from me and I would not have missed this for anything.

"Even on Saturday, there were three or four loud chants for me. The fans supported me until the last day."

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