Less than 10 hours after firing manager Gus Poyet, Sunderland have chosen Dick Advocaat, the bookies’ early favorite, to be the club’s new boss as Sunderland hope to once again narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League, according to the Dutch manager himself.
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Advocaat’s appointment is reportedly on a short-term deal, until the end of the current season, when the club will then reassess their position and either re-up with Advocaat, 67, or seek a long-term replacement.
Speaking to Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Advocaat confirmed he had accepted the job as Black Cats boss and added, “I am now in a dark hotel, but soon I’ll be working in the Stadium of Light.”
Advocaat, who was most recently manager of the Serbian national team from July to November 2014, will have nine league games to hold onto Sunderland’s current 17th-place standing, one spot — and one point — clear of the relegation zone.
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“This is something I always wanted to do, the Premier League. The Premier League is a phenomenal competition,” Advocaat told Dutch outlet AD Sportwereld.
“As a manager that is where you want to work, that has such a pulling power.
“Saturday, West Ham awaits. And then there’s the international break. And then – the derby with Newcastle United. That is really something to look forward to because believe me, this just is a very big club.”