Advocaat: No regrets over returning as Sunderland boss but squad not up to it

Dick Advocaat
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Dick Advocaat insists he has no regrets about returning to Sunderland but revealed the squad isn’t good enough for a relegation battle.

The 68-year-old has lifted the lid on the reasons behind his decision to resign as Black Cats boss just eight games into the Premier League season.

And he admits he became “negative” as a result of the relegation scrap his team had once again found themselves in, while also hitting out over the lack of transfer activity this summer.

Speaking to Studio Voetbal in his native Holland, Advocaat said: “I don’t regret signing my new contract, because it was a great experience.

“Our squad was simply not good enough.

“The club knew that we had to strengthen ourselves, but the chairman never told me how much we could spend.”

Advocaat had already made his mind up prior to the 2-2 with West Ham United at the Stadium of Light stating a relegation battle was not “his cup of tea”.

“I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style,” added Advocaat.

“The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea.

“I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland.

“I became negative and that didn’t feel like myself.”

Set to retire from management, Advocaat has also confirmed that he won’t be returning to the Premier League having experienced the “best league in the world” with the Black Cats.

Advocaat told the Dutch Telegraph: “The Premier League is still the best league in the world.

“I find it wonderful that I have experienced it. That’s enough for me.

“Sunderland is in my view a very beautiful club.

“What I have seen no one can take away me more and I would not have missed for anything.

“Even on Saturday, there were three or four loud chants for me.

“The fans supported me until the last day, although they did not know I was leaving.”