Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has offered the club some important transfer window advice in the Sunderland Echo.
The Black Cats confirmed their Premier League survival by drawing 0-0 with Arsenal last night and are now in a position to start planning for the future.
Sunderland will be determined to push up the top-flight table next term – after successive years of struggle - and to do that Advocaat believes that they will need a productive transfer window.
“This is the moment for Sunderland to do something," he said. “You cannot buy for £40 million eight players. You have to try to get more quality in your squad, more competition.
“That’s how you make the team stronger. He [Ellis Short] has spent millions on the team, but the quality was not always there, but hopefully he can now start with another set-up, bringing in fewer players but more quality.”
Whether Advocaat will be in charge to oversee these changes remains to be seen, as his short-term contract expires in the coming months.
The Dutchman may have saved Sunderland, but he was always intended to be a quick fix rather than a long-term solution.
It means that the Black Cats may be looking to appoint a new boss in the near future, and if that is the case, then the new man would be wise to listen to Advocaat.
The 67-year-old has done a tremendous job since taking charge at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland will be hoping to build on the foundations he has laid next term.