Kendall: Sunderland have been making same mistake for last 13 years

Former Everton great Howard Kendall has made a claim over the way Sunderland appoint their managers.

Everton legend Howard Kendall has told the Liverpool Echo he feels Sunderland have been making the same mistake since the days of Peter Reid.

While acknowledging the experience and quality that new Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has, Kendall has suggested that the Black Cats have been making the same mistake for the last 13 years.

“Poyet did magnificently last season but the problem Sunderland seem to have had ever since Peter Reid left is the new man coming in is not necessarily better than the one that has gone out,” he wrote.

It will be interesting to see what sort of system Advocaat goes with this weekend for the game against West Ham.

He’s had very little time to get his teeth stuck into the job at the Stadium of Light and to make changes, which could be very different to what Gus Poyet was trying to create at the club.

Arguably the biggest change that Advocaat needs to initially make is turning things round in terms of confidence.

He has to find a way to encourage Sunderland’s players to play without any fear.

If the side can somehow get any form of win in the game against West Ham, the belief will also improve.

Morale will be low at the moment and the most effective way that Advocaat can turn that around is by getting a win and putting three points onto the board, which could be enough to see the side go up one position in the table.

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