The Black Cats sit rock bottom of the top flight, having also been knocked out of the Capital One Cup this week. The Magpies are just a place above them, having lost to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup.
Weirdly for two managers that are struggling (McLaren and Dick) I don't think it would be the right move to sack them both....— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) September 24, 2015
A new manager might take a long time to settle and know his players/team/formation. Give them both till Xmas— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) September 24, 2015
McClaren's start at Newcastle has raised the serious question of whether it's already time to consider his job at St James' Park.
There's always the argument to give a manager time but, sometimes, it's clear as day they just aren't going to work out. The fact the former England boss also presided over a terrible run of form at Derby County before taking over at Newcastle similarly counts against him.
For Sunderland boss Advocaat, it seems a little different. The Dutchman's career record sees the positives far outweigh the negatives, while he will also be remembered well by Sunderland fans for the manner in which he kept the club up last term.