Salut! Sunderland cannot pretend to know what substance there is to speculation that Dick Advocaat has resolved to leave tomorrow evening if Sunderland fail yet again to record a win.
The timing of the rumours – see http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/dick-advocaat-set-quit-sunderland-6562426 which may be as good an account as exists – could hardly be less helpful.
A bottom-placed team sent out to face unexpected high fliers would probably prefer to engage battle as part of a settled unit. If Advocaat really has let it be known he is ready to go if the game goes the wrong way, that would be deeply unhelpful to the club, players and supporters – and also incredibly unprofessional.
Let us hope for one of two scenarios:
* that the whispers are misplaced, that the players know them to be so and will go hell for leather to secure that much-needed win against West Ham
* that it is true but the players raise their game anyway and someone really good is lined up (I am not sure I mean Sean Dyche by that, but who knows?)
The broader question, of course, is whether we’d be better off with or without Advocaat.
On that, Monsieur Salut is undecided but would appreciate the thoughts of the Salut! Sunderland jury.