Dick Advocaat reacts to reports of his imminent Sunderland exit

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The Dutchman has strongly denied there is any truth in the reports that emerged on Friday.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has denied claims that he will walk away from his position should the Black Cats lose to West Ham United this weekend.

A report emerged earlier on Friday – in the Daily Mail – suggesting that the Dutchman was frustrated at the limitations of his squad and would resign if he felt someone else could come in and do a better job.

The Mail’s report claimed defeat to West Ham would be the tipping point, but Advocaat strongly denied those claims in his pre-match press conference earlier today, as covered by the Chronicle.

Adovcaat was probed on the reports and simply replied 'no' as to whether there was any truth in them.

The decision may not be in Advocaat’s hands should results fail to improve, however, and he faces arguably the biggest challenge of his career to get his despondent group in shape for Premier League survival.

Sunderland currently occupy bottom spot and have just two points from their first seven games – conceding 16 goals in the process.

Whether the squad has the quality to survive this season is in question, with the distinct lack of improvement in defensive areas likely to be the catalyst for the Black Cats’ continuing struggles.

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