Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Yann M’Vila has claimed that Dick Advocaat is not to blame for the Black Cats’ dreadful start to the season, with all the players at fault for picking up just two points from seven games.
M’Vila said: “It’s not the fault of the manager at all, like some people are saying. It’s completely the fault of the players at the moment. The coach works very hard, he talks to us and is a motivator. We should be giving everything for the supporters of Sunderland.”
Whilst M’Vila is showing faith in Advocaat, and suggesting that the players are completely behind the Dutch coach, his comments actually reveal a worrying thought about the squad at Sunderland.
If Advocaat is working as hard as M’Vila claims, and Sunderland have still failed to win a game this season, then how on earth do the Wearside club move forward.
M’Vila has blamed all the players, but if the coach is unable to get them playing to a Premier League level despite his talents and experience, a relegation looks almost a certainty.
If Advocaat stays in charge he is only going to keep doing the same work, which will see Sunderland fail to improve, whilst a new boss has his work cut out to fill the void left by a boss of Advocaat’s stature.
The issues at the Stadium of Light clearly go beyond those on the playing field, and they look to be staying the same regardless of the manager in charge.
Sunderland may consider sacking Advocaat and bringing in a new boss to increase their chances of staying in the Premier League, but, right now, it is hard to imagine that having any impact - with the playing squad to blame for their exceptionally poor form.