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Advocaat changes decision to remain as Black Cats boss

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Last week, Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat announced that he would be leaving the club following the Black Cats survival in the Premier League, but today, the Dutchman has made a u-turn and will remain at the Stadium of Light for another season.

The 67 year old arrived in Sunderland back in March following the sacking of Uruguayan coach Gus Poyet who had dropped the club into a relegation battle.

But the former Rangers and Netherlands national side manager recorded three victories, including a 1-0 win against fierce rivals Newcastle, and three draws, taking the club from one point above the drop zone to Premier League survival in just eight games.

Advocaat was in tears as his side earned a goalless draw with Arsenal in the penultimate game having led the club to safety, but he told the club that he wanted to end his tenure then, despite being offered a new contract from chairman Ellis Short.

But the 67 year old told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf; “The club kept calling.” Advocaat later added that both Short the club’s sporting director Lee Congerton had been in constant contact with him to sign for next season.

Eventually, Advocaat changed his decision, admitting that the duo had convinced him that he is the right person for the job.

So now Dick Advocaat will have the summer to prepare his squad, hoping to have a successful campaign.


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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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