Advocaat explains what the 'most important' thing his Sunderland players need to do is

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is preparing to take charge of the club for the first time this weekend against West Ham United.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has told the club's official website that it is important for his squad to believe in themselves between now and the end of the season.

The Black Cats players are understandably low on confidence at the moment, but the Dutch boss is determined to raise their spirits.

Advocaat says that they need to be more confident in their own ability, and he wants them to start realising they have the quality to stay up.

"There is no need for us to always look up – you have to look at yourself and have confidence in yourself," he said. “That is the most important thing.”

Sunderland are currently one point above the drop zone and the fact that they have only won four games all season suggests that there is a confidence issue.

The Wearsiders need to get over it soon, though, as they can ill-afford any more slip-ups this season, with the pressure mounting with each passing week.

Sunderland travel to West Ham United this weekend for Advocaat's first game in charge, and if they can get three points it would be a massive boost in more ways than one.

Not only would the Black Cats edge further away from the relegation zone but a win would also raise the morale in the squad, and that could be crucial for the run-in.

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