Sunderland appoint Dick Advocaat as their new manager

Sunderland have appointed former Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season, after Gus Poyet was relieved of his duties, reports BBC Sport.

The Black Cats recently suffered a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa, which ended Gus Poyet’s association with the club. Hardly a surprise given the poor form that had preceded the thrashing, and now Sunderland have a task to stay in the Premier League, with the North-East outfit only one point and one place above the drop zone.

Chairman Ellis Short was quick to make an appointment, which suggests they had Advocaat on speed dial if they were forced to relive Poyet of his duties. The Dutch manager brings a wealth of experience to the job, and has enjoyed title success with a host of his former clubs. It’s a surprise Sunderland were able to bring him in, but Advocaat admitted himself that he’s been desperate to manage in the Premier League.

He will only be at the club for the rest of the current campaign, and will be hoping to keep the side in the Premier League. Sunderland have nine games of the season to go, so the pressure is on to deliver instantly.

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