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History offers Sunderland hope


Advocaat's men suffer again


Defence key for Sunderland

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Sam Allardyce to give Sunderland much-needed stability following chaos

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager and will join the club on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce had been enjoying his sabbatical from football since leaving West Ham in May. "Big Sam" had cut a relaxed figure in his many punditry assignments following that departure, especially during an August appearance on Sky's Fantasy Football Club in which he chose to wear no socks under a pair of stylish loafers.

But a good football man cannot stay out of the game for too long, even if the job on offer has been turned down just a few months before. Allardyce was just...

Sam Allardyce facing a tall task at Sunderland

Sunderland have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager and will join the club on a two-year deal with immediate effect.

The bookmakers and media pundits were not alone in tipping or even rooting for Sam Allardyce as the new manager of Sunderland AFC.

He was also the supporters' choice and Friday's announcement of his appointment was broadly welcomed.

Allardyce famously divides fans. Admirers point out that he has a habit of not allowing his teams to be relegated. He makes his players work and organises them in all areas of the pitch, especially at the back.

Detractors complain that he encourages, even requires,...

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...