Sunderland have gone for a short-term solution as they hired vastly-experienced Dutch coach Dick Advocaat on Tuesday to replace Gus Poyet.
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Advocaat, 67, has never coached in England but does have experience in the British game with Glasgow Rangers and will take charge of the Black Cats for the final nine games of the Premier League season as his side sit one place and one point above the relegation zone.
The former PSV, Zenit and AZ Alkmaar coach has also spent time on the international stage, managing the likes of Holland and South Korea before leaving his most recent post as Serbia’s boss back in November of 2014.
Speaking of his appointment, Advocaat had the following to say.
“Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Advocaat said. “We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.”
The fact that Advocaat has come in as a short-term replacement means that he’s probably not the right man going forward for the Mackems but if he does well in the final nine games of the season, who knows?
Similar situations which spring to mind include Tim Sherwood taking over at Tottenham Hotspur, plus Gus Hiddink and Rafael Benitze taking temporary charge of Chelsea when they knew they’d be replaced at the end of the current season.
Advocaat’s goal as Sunderland boss is clear: keep the Wearsiders in the Premier League.
His first game in charge will be against West Ham United on Saturday. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is widely reported to be Sunderland’s main target this summer when he is out of contract with West Ham. But until then, Advocaat is tasked with steering the ship to safety at the Stadium of Light.