Advocaat cautious on Sunderland departure decision

Date published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 5:45

Dick Advocaat: Greeted by a Sunderland fan ahead of Saturday's game with West Ham

Dick Advocaat: Greeted by a Sunderland fan ahead of Saturday's game with West Ham

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat refused to confirm if he planned to quit the club following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham.

The Dutchman’s future at the club has been placed in serious doubt amid claims he is ready to walk away from the job.

But speaking after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, Advocaat appeared to hint that he wanted more time to consider his future.

“I don’t want to give an answer,” he said. “Today I am the manager, what will happen in the next weeks, months, I cannot say.”

Asked if he will be manager for the next game, he added: “I cannot say that. The newspapers have to have something to write otherwise there is nothing in the newspapers.

“I don’t like that I don’t want to discuss my own future, you will hear it this way or the other way. Let’s wait and see.”

 

Advocaat added: “The way we played today was very, very positive for everybody. There was not a player who was not in the game.

“We showed the commitment that you need in football defensively, but also when we had the ball. It was a joy to watch from the side and also for the crowd.

“Overall, I am very proud of what they showed today, the commitment was really great.”

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher praised Sunderland’s fighting spirit in the match, but insisted the uncertainty about Advocaat’s future had not affected the team.

He said: “Not at all. The gaffer has been the same as usual, we have been working hard in training to get a performance like that. The first half we could have had a few more goals and we were unlucky to concede close to half-time so on that behalf we showed we had a fighting spirit.”

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