Houghton dismisses main doubt over Sunderland's Advocaat appointment

Former Republic of Ireland player Ray Houghton has argued against a main criticism of Dick Advocaat's move to Sunderland.

Former Republic of Ireland international Ray Houghton explained to talkSPORT yesterday why he feels there is no weight behind one of the main criticisms of Dick Advocaat’s appointment at Sunderland.

Advocaat was quickly named as the man to come in and replace former Black Cats boss Gus Poyet, tasked with the massive challenge of trying to keep the side in the Premier League.

One of the main reasons to be cautious over his appointment to the end of the season is the idea that he doesn’t have any experience in terms of a relegation dogfight, which could work against him.

However, Houghton doesn’t feel that will be a problem.

“I hear people say he’s got no experience of a fight – Listen, this is a very experienced manager who has done well all over Europe for a long time,” he said.

Things couldn’t get much tougher for the new boss, with a first game away at West Ham United this weekend.

The Hammers are fighting to try and get into the top eight by the end of this season and are looking to pull themselves out of a negative run of form.

Sunderland will need to produce much more fight this weekend than they have been showing in big games and it will be interesting to see how Advocaat tries to change the mentality of the team throughout the game.

He may not have experience of fighting at the bottom of a league table, but he does have experience and he knows how to win games of football.

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