Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat has been appointed as Sunderland manager on a short-term deal until the end of this season.
It has been well documented that Gus Poyet was sacked as head coach of the Black Cats after 17 months at the helm on Monday after a poor run of results. The Uruguayan’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa, in which many supporters left before half-time and called for his head. The former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder was informed by telephone that his time with the club had come to an end after Monday morning’s training session.
Sunderland have acted quickly to bring in their new man in the mould of an experienced coach that has managed everywhere but the Premier League, it seems.
The 67-year-old, who has had two spells managing his homeland of the Netherlands as well as other national jobs in various competitions. Advocaat may be more well known for his past success with Rangers and PSV Eindhoven at club level. His most recent post was with the Serbian National Team, which he cut ties with in November of last year.
Club Chairman, Ellis Short, will have briefed Advocaat with the not so simple task of keeping Sunderland in the top flight, with any future beyond that in doubt. However, he is rumoured to be willing to dig deep and reward the Dutchman with £500,000 if he is able to pull them out of trouble and keep them in the Premier League.
Short also commented on his new appointment: “Dick has an incredible CV and vast experience of managing at the very highest level. We have one aim only now - to climb the table and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us.”
Long term successors have already been billed before Advocaat had taken a training session. Current West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Real Madrid, Paul Clement, have been heavily linked with the job next season.
It will be interesting to see if Advocaat can in fact install the same confidence and endeavour into his side, much like out-going manager Poyet did last year in keeping his Sunderland side up against all odds, getting the best out of his players such as Adam Johnson, Lee Cattermole and Connor Wickham. Impressive results against the likes of Manchester City towards the end of the campaign made sure they pulled off the miracle.
It’s clear to see the hierarchy at Sunderland have gone for a different option with experience, as apposed to new relatively un-tried managers in the past with Paulo Di Canio and Poyet. Whether they can get a different outcome remains to be seen.
Sunderland, who sit currently 17th in the league table and one point above the drop zone, are up against West Ham in Advocaat’s first game in charge at The Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.