May 28, 2015 08:23:06 UK
Veteran Dutchman Dick Advocaat has signalled an end to his club coaching career after deciding not to remain with Sunderland after guiding them to Premier League safety.
The 67-year-old took charge of the Black Cats in March and masterminded an upturn in form which saw them safe before the final game of the season, with a goalless draw at Arsenal confirming their survival.
A number of clubs contacted me, but the decision was always Sunderland or nobody.
And Advocaat has decided that that is the right ending to his tenure at the Stadium of Light, telling the club’s official website: “At certain moments in your life you have to make a decision and I am almost 68 years old now.
“A number of clubs contacted me, but the decision was always Sunderland or nobody.
“We gave everything in our time there and achieved what we set out to. Sunderland has been one of the highlights of my career.”
Advocaat had earlier suggested that the Black Cats needed to plan a more long-term strategy to ensure they avoid flirting with relegation again next term.
He added: “When you look at the Stadium of Light and the facilities here, the club needs to do things differently than they’ve done in the past. This club deserves more than it’s had over the last five years.
“There’s been five years with five managers, which isn’t positive. Hopefully now, the club can create something that the owner can be a bit more proud of.”
Sunderland can be backed at 3.25 to be relegated next season, with Newcastle United 3.75 and West Bromwich Albion 5.50.
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