Sunderland are currently four points adrift of safety.
Advocaat helped Sunderland escape relegation last season and opted to stay on for the next campaign, only to walk out in October with the club rooted to the bottom of the table.
Upon leaving, the Dutch coach was critical of the Black Cats’ transfer business and insisted that the squad in place was not good enough to stay up – an opinion Allardyce openly agrees with.
“If I thought we were good enough I wouldn’t have entered the market. Hopefully, those players will make us better – and make the rest of the players better,” Allardyce explained when quizzed on Advocaat’s claim.
While Allardyce may have agreed that Sunderland looked doomed ahead of January, the Wearside club have made significant acquisitions to help boost their bid to survive.
Wahbi Khazri and Dame N’Doye have boosted their attacking options, while Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone have come in to help strengthen what was a particularly leaky defence.
Improvements in performances have been evident of late, though Sunderland still find themselves deep in relegation trouble and four points adrift of rivals Newcastle United and safety.
The Black Cats host Manchester United this weekend, and it’s now getting to the stage where even morale-boosting draws may not be enough to help them preserve their top-flight status.