Chris Young column: Patrick Vieira talk unavoidable, but there’s bigger issues for Sunderland

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Talk of Patrick Vieira and Sean Dyche is inevitable when Sunderland are on the lowest rung of the ladder.

Regardless of Dick Advocaat’s glorious CV, results dictate a manager’s stock and while Sunderland remain in the dregs, there will be talk about the Dutchman’s position, particularly given this club’s record in hiring and firing.

But come on. Let’s look at this sensibly. We all know now that there are far deeper reasons behind Sunderland’s annual struggles than just the identity of the man in the dug-out.

Who would Sunderland get with as much experience as Advocaat?

Who would actually come, given the turnaround in managers at the Stadium of Light?

Like all managers, Advocaat’s tactics, selection and substitutions are open to scrutiny.

But unless Advocaat – who is desperate to leave a legacy at Sunderland, whether he exits this summer or 12 months later – decides to walk away, then the manager situation shouldn’t be the burning issue.