March 20, 2015 13:50:51 UK
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat believes there will have to be some changes made if they are to stand a chance of avoiding relegation this season.
Following the sacking of Gus Poyet earlier this week, the Black Cats were quick to appoint the former Glasgow Rangers boss as their new manager ahead of their clash with West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday.
The Dutchman has admitted he has a tough test ahead of him to keep Sunderland in the top flight but believes with the fans’ support they will be able to stay in the Premier League.
He said: “In principal, everything you do in football is a challenge and you want to do as well as possible. But we are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change.
“The fans need to know something is changing. We need them behind us, they can be our 12th man. We must show them what it means to us.”
The Black Cats are one point above the drop ahead of their trip to the capital this weekend.
Sunderland are 4.75 to win, 3.60 to draw and 1.85 to lose to the Hammers.
Don’t forget, all Premier League matches are covered by the bet365 100% Euro Soccer Bonus, where you could earn a bonus of up to 100% on your returns on pre-match accumulator bets.
Got an opinion on this story? Join in the debate by contacting bet365 on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
View all Soccer betting