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Dick Advocaat exit leaves Sunderland pondering replacement options

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Sunderland are crying out for stability.

Once again, as has happened with bleak regularity in Sunderland's nine years in the Premier League, a fight for survival must proceed with a new manager in charge.

Dignified as it may have been, Sunday's announcement of Dick Advocaat's resignation leaves owner Ellis Short with a tough decision on succession. It is one he tends to get only half right each time he is forced to make it.

Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet and Advocaat all showed remarkable inspirational powers to dig Sunderland...

Dick Advocaat's time in charge of Sunderland looks to be nearing an end

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Sunderland cannot afford to keep switching managers, this after the team announced Dick Advocaat left the team today.
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat reflects on his side's 2-2 draw with West Ham and comments on his future.
Sunderland scored two goals in the first half, but the home side couldn't maintain their lead against West Ham, drawing 2-2.

If this was to be Dick Advocaat's final game, it was an appropriate one. A burst of hope and euphoria, then the searing pain of reality biting down hard. It was all so typically Sunderland.

For 44 minutes, the Black Cats had West Ham in a choke hold. Then just before half-time, Slaven Bilic's side wriggled free. In the end, reduced to 10 men, Sunderland did well to hold onto a point. There was pride; there was staunch support from the stands; there was good humour afterward, but there are still...

Dick Advocaat inches to exit door as Sunderland left in turmoil

Dick Advocaat greeted Sunderland fans before the 2-2 draw with West Ham but he could be waving goodbye.

Amid the turmoil of a club in serious disarray, with Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat widely expected to leave the club, a home 2-2 draw against West Ham on Saturday might seem satisfactory.

But even allowing for the unsettling impact of uncertainty about the club's future management, this was a game Advocaat's players should have won.

The Dutchman's postmatch comments, in which he claimed to be unable to say whether he would still be in charge for the next game (at West Brom on Oct.17) were hardly...

Sunderland's barren run tests patience ahead of West Ham's visit

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says he has plenty of respect for Sunderland and boss Dick Advocaat.

From Chris Waddle, the former England international winger, comes the damning if hardly surprising judgement that two of his former clubs, Sunderland and Newcastle United, are in deep trouble.

As Sunderland, the team he supported when young, face high-flying West Ham United on Saturday in their latest attempt to win a Premier League game, Waddle sees Dick Advocaat's side as being in even greater peril than their North East rivals.

Again, his observations should raise no eyebrows. While Newcastle...

 By Rory Smith

Sunderland's short-term thinking has club drifting into abyss

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says that his side's 3-0 loss to Manchester United, boiled down to a few minutes of poor organization.
Under manager Dick Advocaat, Sunderland are winless so far this season, with two draws and five losses.

In hindsight, all of those desperate pleas were probably not a good thing.

When Dick Advocaat took over as Sunderland manager, replacing the increasingly fraught Gustavo Poyet in March, he did so on the understanding that his stay on Wearside would be brief. The 68-year-old was somewhere between the autumn and winter of his career, after all, winding down before settling into the serene embrace of retirement. After 35 years in management that had taken him from the Netherlands all the way to...

Sunderland limitations there for all to see in defeat at Old Trafford

Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League following their defeat to Manchester United.

To the surprise of no one, Manchester United brushed aside the feeble challenge of Sunderland on Saturday with a 3-0 scoreline that might have been much more emphatic.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat seemed to write off realistic hopes of avoiding defeat in his pre-match news conference. And with the exception of a bright spell for some minutes before Memphis Depay opened United's scoring just before half-time, it was one-way traffic.

There is no great shame in being beaten by a side that needed...