first_imgDick Advocaat has quit his role as Sunderland head coach with immediate effect, the club have announced.The Dutchman had signed a new deal with the Black Cats in the summer after saving them from relegation to the Championship last season.He has been unable to build on this though and a 2-2 draw with West Ham, after his men had led 2-0, was the last straw for the 68-year-old.The result leaves Sunderland second from bottom, ahead of rivals Newcastle on goal difference, and without a win in eight games.Advocaat gave the following statement on the club’s official website: “I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me. This is a very special football club, with so many great people, but I feel it is the right time to do this – not for me, but for the club.“I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time turn things around – like we did last year. I am thankful to the chairman for understanding my feelings and I remain on good terms with everyone at the club.  “I wish Ellis, Lee [Congerton], all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, who made me feel so welcome here, the very best of luck for the rest of the season. I have some wonderful memories to take with me and I hope I will return to see everybody again in the future.”Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short said: “I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club.“He is a man of integrity and a true football person. He was hugely respectful of the club in taking this decision and he acted 100% in our best interests. It is also testament to his character that he has forgone any kind of a financial settlement, something which is very unusual in football.“I want to place on record my sincere thanks to Dick. He will be remembered with great affection by everyone at Sunderland and there will always be a warm welcome for him here at the Stadium of Light.“While this isn’t a situation any of us envisaged being in, what is important now is that we regroup quickly and focus on the rest of the season.”Assistant head coach Zeljko Petrovic has also left the club. Dick Advocaat 1last_img