What now, Dick? Advocaat calls his Sunderland players to an emergency Sunday meeting as they slump again!

Date: Saturday 15th August 2015 at 6:42 pm
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THEY are only two games into the season, but Sunderland are officially in crisis – their own manager Dick Advocaat has admitted it after they lost 3-1 at home to promoted Norwich City.

He did not use the ‘C’ word – but his own language spelt out a crisis as he ordered an emergency meeting of players and staff on Sunday following this result. Defeat at the Stadium of Light following last weekend’s 4-2 thumping at Leicester has left Sunderland bottom of the table having shipped seven goals against far from illustrious opposition.

Asked about the Norwich performance, Advocaat – who had to persuaded to return as manager this season having decided to retire – looked bemused as told the BBC: “Two games, two defeats we did not expect. With all respect to Norwich, we must get the result but they were the better side in everything.

“We have to discuss with the players how we go on. It was the same in pre-season and you hoped it would change but it is not changing. Myself as well, I am responsible for that, no doubt.”

Sunderland fans turned up in their thousands yesterday – 41,000 – but many streamed out as their side shipped goals. Their protests – mirroring the big exodus from the stands under previous boss Gus Poyet in desperate times – was not lost on Advocaat.

“Together we have to find out if we can find the solution,” he said. “Expectations were high, we have to find the reason otherwise we have no chance.

“There were many good players, Yann [M’Villa] showed he is a good player. We have to find out the reason, they can talk [at the team meeting] and I can talk.”

So the manager and staff will come together on Sunday… a bloody Sunday for Sunderland after two bruising defeats. Stand-in skipper Lee Cattermole told the BBC, ahead of the meeting, it is time for the players to stand up and be counted.

“We are conceding goals out of nothing and it is very disappointing,” said Cattermole. “Things have to change quick and we have a lot of hard work ahead.

“It is up to the players, manager and staff to kick on and fight. We have to look to improve.”

Next up for Sunderland is Swansea, who have just beaten the Black Cats’ bitter rivals Newcastle, at the Stadium of Light next Saturday.

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