Sunderland AFC news: Advocaat unhappy with signings, Vieira linked with job, tributes to grandad

Dick Advocaat looks on at Old Trafford
Dick Advocaat looks on at Old Trafford
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The news that Patrick Vieira has been linked with replacing Dick Advocaat is dominating the Sunderland headlines today.

The World Cup winner and legendary midfielder is on the Black Cats’ hitlist as their next head coach, according to a report in a national newspaper this morning.

Advocaat’s contract expires at the end of the season and Vieira – currently working with the development squad at Manchester City – along with Burnley’s Sean Dyche and ex-Sunderland defender Sam Allardyce have been linked with the job.

Elsewhere, Advocaat has admitted he has been disappointed with the impact of his summer signings so far this season.

He said: “At the moment, they don’t seem to be making a difference.”

It has left Advocaat pondering whether to make a change to his formation and ditch his favoured 4-3-3 system.

In sad news over the weekend, a Sunderland man was killed on his way to the game against Manchester United on Saturday.

Arthur Eade, 68, had travelled to watch the game with his son and grandson and tributes have been paid to the army veteran.

SAFC tweeted: “Our sincere condolences to the family + friends of Arthur Eade, from Sunderland, who was killed yesterday on his way to @MUFC v #SAFC. RIP.”

Witnesses to the accident should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 8564741.

Elsewhere, SAFC Ladies boss Carlton Fairweather paid tribute to the impact that the fans have had on his side this year.

Another huge crowd of 1,166 attended the Hetton Centre on Saturday evening as the Lady Blac Cats lost 3-1 against Arsenal.

“It was fantastic to see another huge turnout and those fans have been so important to us,” said Fairweather. “They have been tremendous all year and we’ve really relied on them.”