Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has gone out and apologized to the fans after Sunderland’s 2-0 to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Sunderland has been struggling so far this season and sits bottom of the table with only two points in six games.
“We have to fight and have to work,” Advocaat told The Guardian. “Last Sunday [against Tottenham] I thought we were going in the right direction against a good side but this was three steps back. For the fans it is a shame. We all are well-paid and they give a lot of money to see this game. I feel really sorry for them, honestly, and I really mean that. I will do everything I can for this club, for them, because they are great fans. And I said that to the players as well because we should be ashamed of what we did today. I told them that I will look in the mirror but you have to do it as well. Hopefully they will come back with an answer.”
It was pointed out to Advocaat that Sunderland’s neighbors Newcastle United also has had a poor start to the season, only being above Sunderland on goal difference, and the Sunderland boss took a small shot at their rivals.
“I don’t want to say something about that because they spent £50m, which is a little different to what we’ve done,” Advocaat said. “We have played six games, and still have 32 left but we have to start [performing].”
Sunderland takes on second-placed Manchester United on the road at Old Trafford on Saturday.