‘Why are these players still at my club?’ fumes Wearside legend

first_imgMicky Gray has laid the blame for Sunderland’s woes firmly at the door of the club’s under-performing players.Manager Dick Advocaat resigned at the weekend following a 2-2 home draw with West Ham United, a game the Black Cats led 2-0 at one stage.The Dutchman became the fourth manager to leave the Stadium of Light in a little over two years, following Paolo Di Canio, Kevin Ball and Gus Poyet out of the exit door.But Wearside favourite Gray insists the players must take responsibility for failing to win any of their first eight Premier League fixtures this season.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former England full-back fumed: “When was the last time, and this is not just at Sunderland, you heard a player come out and say, ‘you know what, it’s not the manager, it’s us. We’re the ones who have got to look at ourselves because we’re not performing on a weekly basis’.“Dick Advocaat has walked away without taking a penny. He could have taken the rest of his contract, or stayed until he got the sack and got paid up. But he’s walked away. Granted at the end of last season he got about £1million [for keeping Sunderland up], that was the figure that was being bandied about, but he deserved that.“You’ve got to start pointing the finger at players. Some of the players who got the first manager [in that list above] the sack are still there. They are still playing.“Now, doesn’t a new manager come in and go, ‘hang on a minute, he’s got the last four managers sacked with the performances he’s been putting in’.“Why are they still there? Why are these players still playing at my football club, still under-performing, but still getting picked on a weekly basis.”last_img read more