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    The Black Cats of Sunderland are beginning to run out of lives

    Prior to Sunderland's daunting away trip to Old Trafford on Saturday it may have been lost to many that in nine previous encounters Dick Advocaat had only lost once to fellow countrymen Louis van Gaal. However, even before the comfortable 3-0 win for Manchester United the chances of him extending that run were somewhere between slim & impossible. Throughout his extensive managerial reign Advocaat has surely not managed a team as dire as this current Sunderland one. For the third consecutive season Sunderland have failed to win a Premier League game in the month of August & September.

    Gus Poyet & Dick Advocaat himself were both able to salvage survival from the two former years but eventually time catches up on you & on both occasions Sunderland were fortunate that there were three teams who were even more dismal than them but with the heightened competitiveness in the Premier League this season Sunderland could be running out of their annual get out of jail free card. To compound matters Sunderland made a net spend outlay of £27.5 million, which is the 13th highest in Europe's top 15 net spenders. Of that total eight million was spent on Fabio Borini who had turned down the club previously before realising that their wasn't exactly a queue of suitors for him & instead of spending a season on the Liverpool bench he would at least have the chance to play regular football & maybe get into the Italy squad for Euro 2016.

    In the loss away to newly promoted Bournemouth Younes Kaboul, who is currently most people's outstanding candidate for worst signing of the season was abysmal & rightly got sent off for two poorly timed challenges. Another case of bad business & Sunderland's recruitment policy has been in disarray for years. The least that is talked about Jozy Altidore the better. Saturday's defeat means that Sunderland are currently on a ten-game winless run in the Premier League & this Saturday they host a buoyant West Ham United who have already won at Arsenal, Liverpool & Manchester City respectively equalling the same number of away wins they managed in the whole of last season. After winning away to those sides West Ham will certainly be relishing going to the Stadium of Light.

    A few weeks ago Advocaat was saying that he had no regrets staying with the club for the start of this campaign & if he felt that he wasn't capable of managing the club any longer he would be the first to admit it & walk away into the sunset. Surely that point must be within sight after seven games into the new season & still without a win, bottom of the table, minus ten-goal difference & a measly two points. Local rivals Newcastle United are also without a win in the league though they can draw some comfort from a draw with Chelsea which came from a 2-0 winning position. Newcastle also managed a goal less draw at Old Trafford, the same venue that Sunderland was dispatched by comfortably last Saturday. The two clubs meet on the 25th of October to renew hostilities again & there is a likely chance that both will go into the fixture still searching for their first Premier League win of 2015-16. Sunderland's recent record against Newcastle is encouraging but no matter how good it is they have to start picking up wins elsewhere because they cant face Newcastle every week.
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