Sunderland fanzine editor backs Dick Advocaat for next SAFC boss

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DICK Advocaat would be an “astute” appointment by Sunderland following head coach Gus Poyet’s sacking, according to a fanzine editor.

Advocaat is thought to be the club’s first choice to take over on a short-term basis until the end of the season.

Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme

Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme

Sunderland are in the thick of a relegation battle, and Advocaat would bring a wealth of experience with him if he were to take charge.

The 67-year-old has managed the Netherlands, South Korea and Serbia, as well as a host of clubs, including PSV, Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg, in a nomadic career.

Martyn McFadden, editor-in-chief of A Love Supreme, has backed Advocaat to take over from Poyet.

He said: “I’ve read up on him, and he has got an amazing CV.

He has an amazing CV. He has managed his own country, Holland, twice, and has been a manager all over the world, as well as being successful at club level in Europe.

“He has managed his own country, Holland, twice, and has been a manager all over the world, as well as being successful at club level in Europe.

“He is an experienced manager with a wealth of honours to his name as a player and a manager.

“If he gets the job, he looks like an astute appointment based on what he has achieved and his experience.

“We’ve tried passionate, up-and-coming managers with Paolo Di Canio and Poyet, and that didn’t work out, although both kept us up in the short-term.

“The club seems to be taking a more pragmatic approach this time, and if Advocaat does come in, hopefully he’ll be able to instil some organisation and confidence in the players so we can beat the teams around us in the table.

“The club would then need to be restructured in the summer, and they need to learn from their lessons.”

Sunderland’s 4-0 home humbling by Aston Villa on Saturday was the final straw for Poyet, with the Black Cats left just a point and a place above the relegation zone.

It also came just a month after Sunderland were beaten 2-0 by third-tier Bradford in the FA Cup, but McFadden feels owner Ellis Short and the club’s board should also shoulder some of the blame.

He added: “It was no surprise to see Poyet sacked, and it could have happened earlier, like after the FA Cup loss at Bradford.

“The displays were just getting worse and worse, but we also need to look at the structure of the club and the investment of the board.

“When we survived last season, Poyet was a hero, a miracle worker and a great manager.

“Now he’s deemed a failure and a poor manager, which is the way football is.

“After Saturday’s performance, the board must have started to think that Poyet had lost the players, because if that’s all they are capable of, they should be sacked as well.

“Until the club gets investment and stability, though, we will be in this position almost every season.

“Ellis Short, (chief executive) Margaret Byrne and (sporting director) Lee Congerton are responsible for the running of the club and the signing of players.

“They have made a lot of mistakes.”

Meanwhile, George W Forster, the chairman of Sunderland Supporters’ Association, says any manager would have his work cut out with this group of Black Cats players.

He said: “You have to wonder if player power has played a part again, and I’m so disappointed it didn’t work out for Poyet.

“Our passing is woeful at times, and in the final third, we can’t create anything. It was agony watching the game on Saturday.

“Even the great Barcelona player Lionel Messi wouldn’t be able to score in this team.

“I’m just hurt by what’s happening to this club at the moment, and it’s more about the players than the manager for me.

“If it is Advocaat who comes in, how will he be able to assess the players in such a short space of time?

“He can do no worse, I suppose, but time isn’t on his side.”

Sky Sports presenter and Sunderland supporter David Jones, an Echo columnist, summed up his feelings on Twitter.

He posted: “I like Gus Poyet, I thought he was the right man for the job and I’m really sorry it hasn’t worked out for him.”

Former Sunderland left-back Michael Gray believes West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will be the best long-term choice for the Black Cats.

He said: “He’s man-made for it. It’s unfortunate that Gus has lost his job – nobody likes to see that – but we’re all going to be speculating about a new manager and there’s only one out there for me to take the reins.”