Wearside boss departs
Advocaat and Rodgers out on day of long knives
Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers have parted company with their clubs.
Advocaat has left Sunderland just four months after being persuaded to stay on as head coach.
Rodgers has been sacked by Liverpool who have struggled to maintain an early challenge in the Premier League and only scraped past lowly Carlisle United in the League Cup.
Advocaat agreed to delay his retirement but the 68-year-old Dutchman, who took the job with nine games to go at the end of last season, leaves with the Wearside club just one place above neighbours Newcastle at the foot of the English Premier League.
The team has managed to win just three points from eight fixtures.
Advocaat’s departure from the Stadium of Light was confirmed in a club statement which said: “Sunderland AFC has announced that Dick Advocaat has left his position as head coach at the club.
“The Dutchman informed the chairman of his decision to step down from his role and departs the Stadium of Light with immediate effect.”
Advocaat said: “I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time to turn things around.”
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: “I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty.”