Dick Advocaat’s noncommittal response spoke volumes when he was asked about his Sunderland future after their 2-2 draw with West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon.
Speculation has mounted that the 68-year-old is ready to quit the Stadium of Light, and he refused to confirm whether he would remain on after an eighth winless top-flight game this season.
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Reports this morning from Sky Sports claimed that the Russian was not sure whether he would still be Black Cats boss beyond this weekend, but his body language here suggests that his mind is made up.
Advocaat previously walked away from Wearside at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, as BBC Sport reports after a successful caretaker spell in which he steered Sunderland away from relegation.
He was persuaded to return as permanent manager later this summer, but has only guided the Premier League’s resident escapologists, second from bottom in the table, to three points from a possible 24.
The former Netherlands and Rangers boss may have been more inclined to stay on had his side not thrown away a two-goal lead against the Hammers. Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens strikes had put the Black Cats in control before Carl Jenkinson and Dmitri Payet earned United a point.
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