Advocaat completes Sunderland U-turn

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June 04, 2015 14:35:42 UK

Dick Advocaat has decided to stay on as Sunderland manager after all, just over one week after explaining that he was leaving the club.

The 67-year-old Dutchman has penned a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light and is thrilled to be remaining on Wearside for 12 more months.

He said: “After a lot of discussions with (chairman) Ellis (Short) and (sporting director) Lee (Congerton), they convinced me that I am the right man for the club.

“It was a great feeling to be part of Sunderland in the last few months. The experience was something very special and, after talking with Lee, Ellis and of course my family, we all agree it is the right decision.”

It was a great feeling to be part of Sunderland in the last few months.

Dick Advocaat

Advocaat took charge of the Black Cats in March following Gus Poyet’s departure and guided the club to safety before the final game of the season, with a goalless draw at Arsenal confirming their survival.

The former Netherlands and Rangers boss lost his first Premier League game in charge of Sunderland at West Ham but the Black Cats then won three and drew three of their next eight games to move clear of the bottom three.

Sunderland can be backed at 3.25 to be relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, with Newcastle United 4.33 to go down and West Bromwich Albion 5.50.

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