Sunderland was able to scrap out a 0-0 draw with Arsenal today, officially earning safety from relegation with one match to play.
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After the match, Sunderland’s manager Dick Advocaat was very emotional on the pitch, breaking down into tears while celebrating with his players and the supporters. Considering Advocaat has only been with the club for two months, his emotions show how invested he is in Sunderland.
The Dutchman admitted that Arsenal was the better side, but was very pleased with the Black Cats’ organization in defense, which he called “unbelievably good.”
Advocaat has earned three wins in his eight matches in charge, as his predecessor Gus Poyet only managed four wins in 29 tries. Add those three wins with another three draws, and Advocaat’s 12 points are enough to keep Sunderland safe.
Hired as the interim manager until the end of this season, Advocaat said he will make a decision on his future sometime next week. Ask any Sunderland supporter out there, and they’ll want him back at the Stadium of Light come August.