West Ham United’s Karren Brady on Sunderland’s appointment of Dick Advocaat

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady suggests that the appointment of Dick Advocaat as the Sunderland manager may not prove to be successful.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has written in The Sun that Sunderland have taken a “big gamble” in appointing Dick Advocaat as the team’s new manager.

The Dutchman has been given the job on a short-term basis following the dismissal of Gus Poyet on Monday.

Advocaat will remain in charge of Sunderland until the end of the season and has been tasked with ensuring that the Black Cats remain in the Premier League.

Sunderland are currently just a point above the relegation zone, and Brady believes that there is no guarantee that replacing Poyet with Advocaat will prove to be a successful move.

“After booting out Gus Poyet at Sunderland, Ellis Short announces Dick Advocaat as the emergency stand-in with a £500,000 bonus if they stay up,” the 45-year-old wrote in The Sun.

“The Dutchman may or may not earn the money but Short is asking a lot of a 67-year-old with no Premier League experience.

“It’s a big, big gamble. He won’t even have time to understand the local accent before he’s on his way out.”

While Brady is right in claiming that it is a “gamble” from Sunderland, perhaps the Premier League outfit were left with no choice but to sack Poyet.

Results and performances had gone downhill in recent weeks, and there was no sign that the Uruguayan would be able to stop the rot.

Last weekend Sunderland produced one of their worst displays of the season as they went down 4-0 to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

Although it is a tough task for Advocaat to do what he has been asked to do in a short period of time, perhaps one should reserve judgement until he has a few games under his belt.

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