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Four games into Premier League season, Sunderland squad has already held a “crisis meeting”

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To say, Sunderland haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to their 2015-16 Premier League campaign, would extremely kind and borderline sugarcoating reality.

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In fact, Dick Advocaat’s Black Cats have produced the worst start of any of the league’s 20 teams this season, as they sit bottom of the table through four games (two points won and 10 goals conceded). Sunderland’s first four contests were so bad, apparently, that Advocaat and his players have already held, what has been referred to as, a “crisis meeting” in attempt to turn around their spiraling-out-of-control season.

Defender Younes Kaboul, on the Black Cats’ S.O.S. meeting, from the Daily Star:

“The boss told us we needed to believe in ourselves and that you have to give everything — the maximum — to get results.

“We all had our say, of course. Anyone who could say anything to make us better, said it.

“I spoke and I was very happy to see that the players could all talk to each other candidly - as every team needs to do that when you are losing games.

So-called “crisis meetings” take place in just about every team, every season, so the fact that Sunderland — again, the last-place team in the league — have held one comes as no surprise whatsoever. That said, let’s reiterate one point: we’re four games into a 38-game season. Are things really that dire at the Stadium of Light?

Well, probably, yeah. After narrowly escaping relegation last season (and the one before that), Sunderland figure to factor into the relegation dogfight at the bottom of the table all season. If the Black Cats’ form doesn’t improve quickly, how quickly can we expect them to hold another air-it-all-out meeting in hopes of jump-starting their season?

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