After only four games of the season, Dick Advocaat has admitted that Sunderland have to simply ‘concentrate on avoiding relegation.

Sitting rock bottom of the Premier League, the Sunderland boss says that after seeing the players other teams have bought, ‘staying away from relegation is the most important thing’.

Advocaat has also talked of players coming into the club who haven’t played much football, so these players having to play catch-up.

Interesting to compare Dick Advocaat’s words with those of Steve McClaren, despite Newcastle only marginally ahead of Sunderland in 19th spot.

The Newcastle Head Coach saying that he is happy with the ‘platform’ built so far and he is very relaxed that results will follow.

There are also parallels with the views of the two sets of supporters, whilst Newcastle’s fans are generally upbeat despite only two points out of 12, Sunderland supporters appear gutted with the position they find themselves in, with many of them comparing their transfer activity unfavourably with Newcastle’s.

Of course only results matter and hopefully upcoming results will confirm the pessimism of the mackems and the optimism of Newcastle fans.

Dick Advocaat:

“I think we have to concentrate on avoiding relegation, our first priority is to avoid relegation.

“What we have done is improve the squad but what I have seen from other clubs and their spending, other clubs are better too. Knowing what other clubs have done, staying away from relegation is the most important thing.”

Not satisfied:

“At the moment I am not satisfied with my squad because some of the players who have come in have not played much football, so are lacking match fitness.

“Not just one, I think there are five or six that need more match fitness, but at certain times you have to start them otherwise it takes even longer before they get really fit.”