According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland chiefs are worried that Dick Advocaat may leave his role as Black Cats head coach if he is not given the financial backing that he is requesting in the transfer market.
With just one week left to go before the transfer window slams shut, Sunderland’s side still looks vastly under-strength, and there are areas in the team which need real improvement.
Advocaat has already completed some impressive signings, with the arrivals of Jeremain Lens and Yann M’Vila deserving of praise, but if he does not manage to strengthen as he wants to, the Wearside outfit are resigning themselves to a tough season - and a likely relegation.
Advocaat has expressed his disappointment with the backing handed to him in the transfer window, criticising owner Ellis Short for the lack of money made available.
The Dutch boss said: “I am not happy at all. I wasn't intending to say this but I will say this because I don't care. Lee Congerton is doing a great job, with little money. We really appreciate that but we need more.”
The lack of financial backing has Sunderland chiefs fearing that Advocaat will quit in the not too distant future, as the coach - who has never been relegated in his career - will see nothing but a drop to the Championship.
This is a worrying state of affairs for Sunderland, especially considering their poor start in the 2015/16 season, and if Short wants to see Advocaat remain at the Stadium of Light, he will need to back his manager far better than he has been doing.