WATCH: Sunderland fans and sports journalists say Black Cats’ bosses have been starved of funds

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As Sunderland begin the search for their sixth manager in four years, Sunderland journalists and fans are blaming the Black Cats’ demise on a long-term lack of investment

Head coach Dick Advocaat stepped down on Sunday saying he did not have the stomach for another relegation fight with a squad which he described as “simply not good enough”.

Ross Gregory, head of sport, Sunderland Echo

Ross Gregory, head of sport, Sunderland Echo

Sam Allardyce is currently the bookies’ favourite to take the vacant hot seat at the Stadium of Light.

Ross Gregory, head of sport at the Sunderland Echo, echoed the views of many fans, saying subsequent managers just haven’t been given the kind of financial backing which is needed in the Premier League.

Video c/o BBC.