Relegation has been a real threat for Sunderland since the season of 2012-13 when they finished at the 17th spot with 39 points as they were safe from getting relegated by only 3 points. In the next season, Sunderland avoided the relegation zone by 5 points.
In the latest Premier League season, Sunderland was saved from being relegation thanks to 3 points. It seems like in every single season Sunderland just barely manages to scrape above the bottom zone of the top tier English League.
Dick Advocaat was appointed as the head coach of Sunderland on March of the current season and he took charge of the English club for the final 9 matches of the 2014-15 Premier League and with 3 points of cushion, Advocaat was able to push the team into a safe zone but the chairman of Sunderland, Ellis Short has given the Dutch coach with the task of totally avoiding the possibility of getting relegated and to stop getting close to those dreadful zones.
“The president has said to me make sure it is not quite as difficult as it has been for the last couple of years. That will be great if that’s the case and that’s the most important thing.I don’t want to say we want to be this or that.We have to be positive. Hopefully until the end.” Dick Advocaat said as he told the media what Ellis Short wanted him to do in Sunderland as the chairman wants to avoid seeing Sunderland threatened with being relegated.
This will not be an easy task to accomplish as Sunderland for the past few years has been surfacing just slightly above the relegation zone and they struggle trying to make a clean campaign away from those positions.