Sunderland make Advocaat offer to stay

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has revealed that the club have made him an offer to remain at the club for next season after successfully keeping them in the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported.

The experienced Dutchman took over in mid-March with the Black Cats in the bottom three and with only four wins to their name following an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to fellow strugglers Aston Villa. He oversaw a defeat in his first game at West Ham United, but since then he has led them to safety with three wins and a couple of battling draws, including a heroic defensive display at Arsenal on Wednesday.

The determination shown at the back in keeping three successive clean sheets had rarely been seen from Sunderland before Advocaat’s arrival, while he has also implemented a more attack-minded style of play, deploying three strikers in each of his games in charge thus far. Sunday’s visit to champions Chelsea was set to be his last, but Sunderland owner Ellis Short is keen for him to remain on Wearside.

“They have made me an offer, yes,” said Advocaat. “It is in principle not so important in that way, it is also important what the club wants. Can they invest or not? That’s also important to know for myself before I take that decision. The family has a say in this, yes, but I don’t want to discuss that on a wider basis. Let’s wait and see next week.

He will make his decision in the coming week and is poised to announce his future plans on Thursday. Should he decide to go, Sunderland would be looking for their sixth manager in less than four years.

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