Dick Advocaat is relishing the challenge of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League but admits something has to change at the struggling club if they are to preserve their top flight status, the
Dutch veteran Advocaat on Friday held his first Press conference since being announced as the replacement for Gus Poyet, who was sacked earlier in the week after the Black Cats were beaten 4-0 at home by Aston Villa.
Advocaat, formerly of the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, South Korea, Belgium and a host of other clubs and countries, had been out of work since he left his post as Coach of the Serbia national team in November 2014, his contract terminated after a 3-1 defeat against Denmark.
Sunderland are fourth-bottom of the Premier League, a point clear of danger with Burnley in 18th place. They meet West Ham at Upton Park in Advocaat’s first game in charge and he has told reporters that he is well versed in his new team and believes they can avoid dropping into the Championship, as long as they have the backing of their supporters.
“In principle, everything you do in football is a challenge and you want to do as well as possible,” the 67-year-old said. “But we are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change.
“In Holland, we can see all the games in England – everything is on television, so I knew the squad, I knew the players, plus the fact that we have a great stadium and great fans,” Advocaat continued. “With the support of them, we must do it. I have a good feeling about the squad after the last three days, so why not?”
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