Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher praises impact made by new manager Dick Advocaat

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is confident the side can maintain their Premier League status following the appointment of Dick Advocaat as their new manager, as the Scotland international feels the Dutchman has already made an impact despite not being at the club for too long, reports Sky Sports

Sunderland are in a precarious position in the Premier League, and have some tough games to come against strong opposition. They have a Tyne Wear derby clash against fierce rivals Newcastle to come, and despite their poor form, confidence levels are on the up as a result of Advocaat’s influence.

The North-East outfit have only eight Premier League games to go to save their season, and they are currently just one place and one point above the drop zone. Sunderland have been struggling from a lack of goals all season, failing to score in 50% of their league outings this campaign.

But Fletcher is confident that they can turn things around with Advocaat in charge, revealing how the experienced and successful manager has been giving the players a big lift in training, which translates on the pitch.

“It’s been really lively since the new coach has come in; he’s a lively character and he’s brought that into the training sessions. He wants us all to give 100 per cent and believes we’ve got the quality to turn our fortunes around and push up the league,” he said.

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