Jeremain Lens has been talking for the first time about his mentor Dick Advocaat’s exit from Sunderland – and whether it will mean he follows him out of the door.
Lens was brought to Wearside by his fellow Dutchman in the summer, having played for him at both PSV Eindhoven and Dynamo Kiev.
But he says he isn’t looking to leave Sunderland just because his former manager has left.
Lens told the BBC: “It was not the way I hoped it would start. But you know anything can happen in football.
“You know if results aren’t there the manager is the first person they’re going to sack. I didn’t only make my choice to join [for] the boss. Otherwise I have to follow him everywhere.”
Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce has been talking about his decision to promote Robbie Stockdale to first team coach.
Stockdale, who is highly-rated, has stepped up from looking after the Under-21s.
Allardyce said: “I don’t think he quite realises the honour I have bestowed on him just yet, because these jobs are rare – there’s only 20 of them in the best league in the world – and he has a chance to grow.”
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Meanwhile, we spoke to Sunderland-born star Jill Scott after she won her 100th cap for England Ladies.
The Manchester City star has now targeted even more honours, including Euro 2017 glory.
Read here full, in-depth interview with Roy Kelly here.