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Advocaat must convince Sunderland they're not the Premier League's worst

Sunderland have appointed former Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat as manager on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

When QPR's former boss Harry Redknapp described Sunderland as the worst team in the Premier League, the first reaction among Wearside fans was naturally one of righteous indignation. Then, if the evidence of message boards and social media can be trusted, the bleak realisation dawned on at least some of them that maybe Redknapp had a point.

Here, after all, is a side the supporters themselves have berated all season for an inability to create, score or even defend while still attracting absurdly...

Newcastle, Sunderland, West Ham and QPR all tough jobs, so who fits the bill?

John Carver's keeping the seat warm at Newcastle, but let's be honest: it's a good job if you fancy a challenge.

As the 2014-15 Premier League season enters its final furlong, some of England's biggest clubs are already preparing for next season. Two major full-time managerial vacancies already exist, at Newcastle United and Sunderland; two more are likely to open up at West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers. Iain Macintosh scours the job pages.

Newcastle United (Current manager: John Carver)

PROS: The trophy cabinet begs to differ but don't be fooled. This is still one of the biggest clubs in the country....

Task facing Advocaat at Sunderland clear after West Ham defeat

Diafra Sakho struck late on as West Ham beat Sunderland 1-0 in Dick Advocaat's first match in charge of the Black Cats.

Sunderland coach Dick Advocaat saw more spirit from his players in his first game in charge than the team showed Gus Poyet in his final few, but it was still not enough to prevent narrow 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

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An astonishing first-half miss by Jermain Defoe summed up Sunderland's woes in front of goal. Then a familiar lapse of concentration at the back cost them all three points.

Sunderland displayed spirit aplenty throughout a tough game at Upton Park. West Ham had the edge in midfield...

Which teams will be relegated?
Stats not good for Hull, Leicester, QPR

The ESPN FC panel discuss the teams they feel will be relegated come the end of the Premier League season.

The end of the Premier League season splits the league into two distinct groups. Some teams play the highest-stakes football of the year, while others are playing out the string. A week ago I dissected and analysed the seven clubs still in the running for a Champions League place. Now, the bottom of the table goes under the microscope.

Currently, there are only six clubs facing any particular risk of relegation, leaving another seven sides to fight for nothing except slightly larger slices of the...

Advocaat begins Sunderland's third straight Great Escape at West Ham

Sunderland have appointed former Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat as manager on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet have been there, done that. Now it is the turn of Dick Advocaat to salvage a season for Sunderland and prolong the club's stay in the Premier League.

His task begins at West Ham on Saturday night. A tall order will seem all the taller if it does not produce at least a valuable away point.

Advocaat's incentive is twofold: One, the professional pride of a man who has managed at high level, club and country; and two, the human desire to pick up a hefty...

To save Sunderland, Dick Advocaat has to hit the ground running

Sunderland have appointed former Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat as manager on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Dick Advocaat didn't waste any time getting to work as Sunderland manager, taking control of training just hours after arriving in the country.

It's just as well, because he doesn't have many games left to keep them up, and that is relevant for reasons beyond running out of points to win.

The stark reality for Sunderland -- beyond their fragile position just one point and one place above the relegation zone -- is that managerial changes so late in the season rarely work for struggling clubs.

That...