Dick Advocaat: Fighting relegation wasn’t my cup of tea

Ex-Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
Ex-Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat has revealed the reasons he left Sunderland stating the squad wasn’t “good enough” and admitting he became “negative” as a result of the relegation dogfight.

Speaking to Studio Voetbal, the 68-year-old has explained the reasons behind his departure after his resignation was confirmed on Sunday.

“I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style,” Advocaat said.

“The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea.

“I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland.

“I became negative and that didn’t feel like myself.”

The ex-Black Cats boss also insisted he does not regret making his U-turn and coming back as manager at the Stadium of Light.

Advocaat added: “I don’t regret signing my new contract, because it was a great experience.

“Our squad was simply not good enough.

“The club knew that we had to strengthen ourselves, but the chairman never told me how much we could spend.”