Chris Smith: No easy task managing Sunderland, whoever is in charge

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat (left) gives advice to Sunderland's players.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat (left) gives advice to Sunderland's players.

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With our Premier League status secured, the question on all of our lips is, how do we move forward from here?

We have done this Groundhog movie too many times, and it is time to push on!

It is easy to just say, bring in better players, spend more money. But it is a lot harder to do. If it was easy, every club would be in contention.

First you need a plan, a blueprint to move forward with. Then you need the right people in the right places to do your bidding for you. Then you have to scout and court the players (and their agents) that you feel can do that job. Then you have to negotiate with them, and convince them to come to the North-East and be a part of our philosophy.

The owner, the board, the director of football, the gaffer, the trainers and staff all need to be working towards the same goal, and that my friends, is not an easy ask, or task. Who stays and who goes is another conundrum facing the club. Not to mention the Academy and the youth policy.

Saying and doing, are miles apart for the fans and the hierarchy, and it is a job I personally would not want. The next few weeks are going to be very interesting, considering what needs to be put into place. Whether it is Dick Advocaat, or someone else that takes the mantle, the task is not an easy one to accomplish.

We all want change, but we may be a while getting there.

* 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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