Report suggests reason for delay over important decision at Sunderland

Sunderland's manager and owner agree over a key issue at the Stadium of Light.

The Northern Echo has reported that Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat and owner Ellis Short agree that a long term boss for the Black Cats shouldn’t be named before the end of the season.

Sunderland are locked in a battle to avoid the drop down into the Championship ahead of next season and the pair reportedly feel it’s important the club’s status is known for the 2015/2016 campaign.

It’s a logical and sensible reason for the delay in naming a new manager because dropping down a division would have a number of knock on effects.

If Short wants Advocaat to be the man long term, he may not fancy the position if he can’t keep the side in the top flight.

It would also automatically become a more difficult job because the budget would be affected and the face of the squad would likely change completely over the course of the summer.

The only focus over the next month has to be on trying to keep the side up, there is plenty of time to decide on a long term contract for Advocaat, or to bring in someone else afterwards.

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