Kevin Phillips suggests one decision Dick Advocaat got right in his last Sunderland game

Kevin Phillips for Crystal Palace

The decision not to throw youngster Tommy Robson into the mix was warranted.

This weekend saw the Premier League claim its first managerial casualties. Brendan Rodgers and dick Advocaat both departed their respective jobs at Sunderland and Liverpool.

Rodgers had been on the tightrope for some time but the timing of his departure was a shock. Advocaat on the other hand had been expected for some time.

The Dutchman has now returned to Holland where he is expected to retire.

During his time with the Black Cats the Dutchman got some things right, others wrong. But one man who believes he got one of his final decisions as gaffer spot on was ex-Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips.

Writing in the Chronicle Live he stated that Advocaat’s decision not to bow to pressure and bring Tommy Robson into the starting XI was correct:

“I know the popular choice among the Sunderland fans would be to give Robson his debut.

“Supporters love to see a youngster do well, especially if he is a local lad. But I can understand why Advocaat would not rush into that.

It can be a big risk, particularly when things are not going well for the team as a whole. The pressure is huge.

“Of course you want to see youngsters get their chance, but it has to be at the right time.

“I have to be honest and say I haven’t seen Robson play but, if he is good enough, his time will come.”

Sunderland fans are big advocates of Robson’s talents and have not been impressed with the sub-par performances of Dutchman Patrick van Aanholt so were hopeful to see Robson come into the team.

The fact is the fans want to see young local lads get a chance and eventually Robson will do just that. But throwing him in to a game that proved to be Advocaat’s last would not have been fair on the player.

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