Dick Advocaat denies he’ll quit if Sunderland lose to West Ham

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Dick Advocaat has dismissed suggestions that he could quit as Sunderland boss if the Black Cats suffer a defeat against West Ham tomorrrow.

Reports today suggested that Advocaat was on the brink of leaving his post at the Stadium of Light, with basement boys Sunderland still without a win to their name this season.

But at his pre-match press conference today, Advocaat said that speculation was “definitely not true”, even though he admits nothing is certain in the rollercoaster of football management.

Advocaat said: “There’s all these reports about ‘if, if, if’. But there is no ‘if’.

“The fact is I’m here and I will do the game tomorrow. And then I will do the game next week.

“But I don’t know what will happen next week, next month or what will happen in nine months. That’s football.

“I’m the one who takes the decisions about my future.

“If I felt I wasn’t the right person, then I wouldn’t be here now.”

However, Advocaat realises the importance of Sunderland breaking their duck against the Hammers, with the Black Cats four points adrift of safety already.

“If you don’t get a result and the other teams are winning, then the gap becomes bigger,” he admitted.

“We still have 31 games to go, but the difference could be bigger than last year.”