Just days after the sacking of Gus Poyet, Sunderland have appointed former Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat as his replacement.
Advocaat has years of managerial experience and his first task at the Stadium of Light is to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League. They currently sit in 17th place, one point above the relegation zone.
It is the first job in England for the ‘Little General’. His only previous job in British football was when he coached Scottish giants Rangers to the SPL Title, League Cup and Scottish Cup treble in his first season.
The 67-year old also won the 2008 UEFA Cup with Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg, but his most recent job as a manager was for the Serbia national team last year.
When speaking to Sunderland’s club website, he said: “Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.”
Advocaat has only signed a short-term contract until the end of the campaign and could earn anything between £500,000 and £1 million if he keeps the club out of the Championship.
By Kieran Makin (@kieranmaksports)