Ellis Short: Dick Advocaat “never considered” leaving Sunderland last month

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Sunderland chairman Ellis Short insists there was no prospect of head coach Dick Advocaat leaving the Stadium of Light prior to the transfer deadline.

Back-to-back defeats in the opening two games of the season, coupled with Sunderland’s need for further recruits, had prompted speculation over whether Advocaat would have change of his heart over extending his stay with the Black Cats during the summer.

There was no crisis; Dick never considered or threatened to leave

Dick Advocaat

But while Short says there were inevitably concerns over results at the start of the season, the Black Cats owner is adamant there were no panic stations inside the corridors of power and Advocaat is the “right man” for the club.

“Although it was true that we weren’t happy with our early results, talk of a ‘crisis’ at the club was pure fantasy,” said Short in today’s programme.

“There was no crisis; Dick never considered or threatened to leave.

“Although there was a lot of speculation and sensationalist headlines, they were simply not true.

“At the club, we were calm and continued to believe in what we were trying to achieve.

“It was unfortunate that the fans had to read such headlines, and be worried by them, but I can assure everyone that we are working hard together to have a good season.

“With Dick at the helm we are looking forward to the rest of the campaign.

“He is the right man for this football club.

“He is passionate, committed and has a wealth of experience at the very highest level - exactly what we need to bring that stability we all desire.

“Of course, we know we need to start winning games and everyone is focused on that.”