Dick Advocaat has told The Mirror why he decided to step down from his role as Sunderland manager earlier this month.
Advocaat, who rescued the Black Cats from getting relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, has explained his decision not to carry on at Sunderland.
“Tottenham bought the Korean player Son Heung-min for £22 million – more than we spent on eight players,” the 68-year-old told The Mirror. “It became clear that we were never going to close the gap and I could not work like that.
“I can accept that the big clubs have far more spending power. Man City bought two players – one for £54m and one for £45m. We had to pick up Ola Toivonen for free.
“Louis van Gaal inherited a fantastic squad, in my opinion, when he took over at Man United. But he was still allowed to spend £300m on players.
“Jose Mourinho at Chelsea? Same story. How on earth were we supposed to compete in the Premier League when I wasn’t allowed to spend any money?”
Advocaat’s comments suggest that he was not happy with the amount of transfer money he was given in the summer.
While one can understand the Dutchman’s frustrations, one also needs to take into consideration the fact that Sunderland are not exactly swimming in money.
However, it is clear that Sunderland need to raise their ambitions and not remain a club who somehow avoid relegation from the Premier League in the final weeks of the season.
Perhaps with Sam Allardyce in charge of the Black Cats now, things will change...