Former Sunderland player Micky Gray told talkSPORT what he finds most frustrating about the situation at the club.
Gray suggested that the club have broken promises over the prospect of new players coming into the football club, as the Black Cats try and get out of the rut they have fallen into over the last few seasons.
“Something has to be done at this football club – This is five or six years where we’ve been told that players will be coming in, in the summer and it just hasn’t happened,” he told talkSPORT.
“They’re telling lies to the fans.”
Back to basics for Advocaat
Whether Sunderland are able to get into a position where new players sign on the dotted line or not, manager Dick Advocaat has to simply work with what he’s got.
It’s a case of going back to basics for the Black Cats as they look to score goals and get some points on the board, which allow the side to start climbing the table.
The manager has to try and find a way to inject some positivity into the side, which gives the fans something to shout about.
There was audible frustration from home fans during the 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light against Norwich last weekend.
It’s an atmosphere that would have knocked the confidence and belief in the players and based on Gray’s comments, it doesn’t seem like Advocaat will be able to bank on having some new players available over the next two weeks.