Jack Rodwell assesses Sunderland’s pre-season

Sunderland are undergoing their first pre-season with Dick Advocaat as head coach.

Advocaat is taking charge of his first full season as Sunderland head coach, and Rodwell has assessed the opening weeks of pre-season training in an interview with the Sunderland Echo.

The midfielder said: “It’s been tough so far, but it’s been sensible tough as well. The manager has obviously got a lot of experience, God knows how many pre-seasons he’s done now. He knows exactly what we’re doing and we’re all on it.”

Summing training up as 'tough but sensible' is certainly a promising choice of words by Rodwell, but it shows that Advocaat has big plans for the season.

There is no desire to face another season of relegation battles and manager chances, and Advocaat is experienced enough to know what work must be put in before the campaign starts.

He wants to ensure that the Black Cats enjoy the best season they possibly can, and the report states that he was undergoing work with the ball on the first day of pre-season.

Unlike under the management reign of Paolo Di Canio, who focused entirely on fitness work in training, Advocaat wants to ensure his players are match ready by the time the season comes around.

There have been a selection of friendlies - which, although they have brought defeats, have not brought concern - and all the work is guarantee that Sunderland start the season in the best possible form.

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