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Advocaat refuses to give answers over future

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat left his future in doubt after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, refusing to confirm whether he would stay at the club.

Advocaat saw his side let a two-goal lead slip and have Jeremain Lens sent off as West Ham denied them their first Premier League win of the season.

Speculation about Advocaat’s future had been rife before the game, but he would not be drawn on the matter, telling Sky Sports: “I don’t want to give an answer on that. I cannot say I will be the manager for the next game.”

The match looked set to be a bright spot in a dark season for Sunderland after Steven Fletcher put them 1-0 up and Lens added a superb second, but West Ham fought back with goals from Carl Jenkinson and Dimitri Payet, either side of Lens’ red card.

Advocaat said: “The game was in the balance and the moment with Lens and the red card was a difficult moment.

“The way the team kept going, the work they put in, I was very pleased with them.

“I know what’s going on here and I know the team. We have a team who always work hard and sometimes I cannot do what I want, because they are good guys.

“They showed what they can do and it’s good for the future of the club. I’m very happy with the way we played. We had to fight to keep the one point.”

Pressed on his own future, he added: “There can be rumours. What is more important is the way the team played.

“I don’t want to discuss my future. You’ll hear one way or the other. Let’s wait and see.”

Sat 3 Oct, 2015
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