Dick Advocaat admits he is shocked by some of the money that has been squandered by Sunderland in the transfer market over recent seasons.
Sunderland require yet more fresh investment in the playing squad this summer, with up to half-a-dozen new signings needed after a third successive near-brush with relegation.
Yes, it surprises me some of the money that’s been spent, very much soDick Advocaat
The Black Cats have struggled in the transfer market over the last three or four years, with Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill and then ex-director of football Roberto De Fanti spending big on new signings, without being able to dramatically alter Sunderland’s fortunes.
If he does decide to extend his stay as Sunderland head coach, Advocaat faces a summer where he will look to fulfil his objective of bringing in “quality” signings who immediately improve the standard of the starting XI.
But when he casts his eyes over recent arrivals at the Stadium of Light, Advocaat has seen Sunderland’s struggles in getting value-for-money.
“Yes, it surprises me some of the money that’s been spent, very much so,” he said.
“But I’ve told that to the owner, especially in England because there’s a lot of money involved.
“You need the right people.”
It is not just the transfer market which has proved to be a problem for Sunderland.
The constant changes in the dug-out have also been a key factor behind the club’s constant flirtation with the drop after Advocaat became the fifth Sunderland boss in the space of four years.
Chairman Ellis Short is well aware that the instability has hamstrung Sunderland’s hopes of establishing themselves in the Premier League’s top 10.
And Advocaat hopes Sunderland can now put an infrastructure in place which will see the club avoid being constantly embroiled by fears over falling into the Championship.
“When you look at the Stadium of Light and the facilities here, the club needs to do things differently than they’ve done in the past,” he added.
“This club deserves more than its had over the last five years.
“There’s been five years with five managers, which isn’t positive.
“Hopefully now, the club can create something that the owner can be a bit more proud of.”