Chris Smith: Future looks a little brighter at Sunderland under Dick Advocaat

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SATURDAY saw the dawning of a new man at the helm of our beloved Sunderland.

A new beginning, a new start or another false dawn?

Gus’ Bus left the station last week, and Dick Advocaat stepped into the limelight, or is that headlight?

Time will tell if he is our (now yearly) saviour, but something had to be done.

Gus Poyet had the team playing in a structure that maybe not all players felt comfortable with but it was a plan. A plan that, quite frankly, plain failed.

After watching the first game under Dick last Saturday, it was clear that the message from him was one of ‘go express yourselves’.

A looser structure with the emphasis on attack.

Using the experience of defenders to keep the back shored up, while allowing free flowing more advanced players to push on in the hope of getting something.

We had chances, but ultimately we did what we always seem to do.

Conceding that late goal was a killer blow.

Fortunately, those around us also suffered similar blows, and the song remains the same.

It is too early to say if Dick can keep us up but he does have time to motivate our lot into something more than the hit and miss efforts we have become all too familiar with.

What I will say is, that the future looks a little bit brighter now that the change has occurred.

The fans will get behind the change provided that our fortunes change also.

If Dick Advocaat advocates the change necessary to survive, then the change will mean that things will not remain the same.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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