Advocaat: Relegation scrap ‘not my cup of tea’

Ian Watson
Dick Advocaat: Sure Sunderland will survive

Dick Advocaat: Didn't fancy a relegation scrap with Sunderland

Dick Advocaat says he didn’t feel like himself after becoming “negative’ in his final weeks as Sunderland manager.

The Dutchman’s exit was confirmed on Sunday, with Advocaat revealing that he had decided to quit last week, but stayed on at the request of the Black Cats to guide the team through Saturday’s draw with West Ham.

The manager said in an interview in Holland: “I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style.

“The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea. I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland. I became negative and that didn’t feel like myself.”

He said: “I don’t regret signing my new contract, because it was a great experience. Our squad was simply not good enough. The club knew that we had to strengthen ourselves, but the chairman never told me how much we could spend.”