Dick Advocaat NOT to blame for Sunderland struggles

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
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Sunderland’s players are to blame for the club’s current plight, NOT head coach Dick Advocaat, insists Yann M’VIla.

For the third season in a row, Sunderland will enter October without a Premier League win to their name, with the position of the top flight’s basement boys already looking ominous, even at this tender stage of the campaign.

It’s completely the fault of the players at the moment.

Advocaat remains the firm favourite with the bookmakers to be the first Premier League boss to leave his position this season, despite chairman Ellis Short publicly stressing earlier this month that the Dutchman had no thought of quitting as Sunderland boss.

There was also speculation yesterday that ex-Arsenal midfielder and Manchester City Under-21 coach Patrick Vieira could be a potential replacement for Advocaat.

But Sunderland midfielder M’Vila is adamant that the club has the best man at the helm, with the players responsible for the Black Cats are propping up the table.

M’Vila told the Echo: “It’s not the fault of the manager at all, like some people are saying.

“It’s completely the fault of the players at the moment.

“The coach works very hard, he talks to us and is a motivator.

“For me, he has given me the confidence to play my natural game.

“We should be giving everything for the supporters of Sunderland.

“It’s not the coach. For me, it’s a question of mentality.”

Despite hopes that Advocaat’s return to the Stadium of Light in the summer would prompt a change of fortunes for Sunderland, the club yet again find themselves in the thick of the relegation fight after close scrapes with the drop over the last three years.

And summer signing M’Vila – one of few in red and white to produce some positive performances during the early stages of the campaign – admits he feels for supporters who have grown pig-sick of annual toil at the wrong end of the table.

“I feel sorry and sad for the supporters,” added M’Vila.

“There’s positives every week. Like at Manchester United, we were good for 45 minutes, even though we hadn’t had many chances.

“But then they score a goal...

“It’s all in the head and you need the aggression and fight to get back in the game.

“We have to change that.

The supporters were fantastic and we could hear them above all the Manchester United fans. They were giving us great encouragement.

“It’s sad for them and sad for the coach.

“I’m truly sorry that we haven’t won a match yet. Hopefully that can change against West Ham on Saturday and we show the hunger to get three points.”