Sunderland AFC news: Fresh reports about Dick quitting, Gray concerned, midfielder leaves

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat  during their 3-0 loss at Manchester United Picture by FRANK REID

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat during their 3-0 loss at Manchester United Picture by FRANK REID

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There is fresh speculation about the future of Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat in the news today.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Advocaat could quit his post at the Stadium of Light, if Sunderland suffer a defeat against West Ham this weekend.

Sean Dyche is being mooted as the likely replacement for Advocaat, although the Burnley boss distanced himself from that speculation yesterday.

Advocaat will respond to the claims about his future at his pre-match press conference at 2pm today.

Ex-Sunderland defender Micky Gray doesn’t think the finger should be pointed at Advocaat for Sunderland’s current predicament, with the radio pundit blaming a lack of quality summer signings.

“I like Borini, Lens and Yann M’Vila – but why we had to bring the other ones in, I don’t know,” said Gray.

“That’s why we’ve gone through so many managers, because they’ve brought in the wrong players.”

Meanwhile, Will Buckley has formally completed his three-month loan switch to Leeds United after beginning training with the Championship outfit last week.

Buckley is eager to re-ignite his career at Elland Road after failing to make a competitive appearance for Sunderland this season. Full story here