Advocaat reconsiders Sunderland job….

Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat has performed a U-turn and will stay as Sunderland head coach after accepting a new one-year deal. The 67-year-old Dutchman said in May he no longer wished to continue a career in club management, having led the Black Cats to Premier League safety. Advocaat joined the club in March until the end of the season, replacing the sacked Gus Poyet, with the side one point above the relegation zone. He told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf:  “The club kept calling.” Advocaat was offered a new deal at the end of the 2014-15 season, but had told the club “it is better to stop now”, before being persuaded to change his mind. The former Netherlands boss, who managed Scottish club Rangers between 1998 and 2002, lost his first Premier League game in charge of Sunderland at West Ham. But they went on to record three wins and three draws in the remaining eight games to pull clear of relegation, including a 1-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle. Prior to joining Sunderland, Advocaat won the league title and cup double twice at Ibrox, and league titles in his homeland with PSV Eindhoven and in Russia with Zenit St Petersburg. He also led Zenit to victory over Rangers in the 2008 Uefa Cup final and Manchester United in the Uefa Super Cup later that year.

Leave a Reply