Advocaat handed survival task

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March 17, 2015 08:57:55 UK

Veteran Dutch coach Dick Advocaat has been given the task of trying to save Sunderland from the prospect of relegation from the Premier League this season.

The 67-year-old has been placed in charge of the Black Cats until the end of the season, with the struggling Wearside outfit having axed Gus Poyet following a 4-0 loss at home to Aston Villa at the weekend.

Sunderland are currently just one point and one place outside the relegation zone, having won only one of their last ten league games.

We have one aim only now – to climb the table.

Ellis Short

However, former Rangers, PSV Eindhoven, Zenit St Petersburg, Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea tactician Advocaat is relishing the opportunity to finally try his luck in English football.

He told his new club’s official website: “Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead. We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority and I can’t wait to get started.”

The Black Cats head to Upton Park to take on West Ham at teatime on Saturday, with the hosts without a victory in their last seven Premier League outings.

Sunderland can be backed at 4.20 to win in East London on Saturday and are 12.00 to triumph 1-0, while the Wearsiders are available at 2.50 to be relegated come the end of the season.

And club chairman Ellis Short is confident that Advocaat is the right man for the job in hand, adding: “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.”

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