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Premier League: Sunderland confirm Dick Advocaat will stay on as manager for another year


Dick Advocaat has performed a U-turn by deciding to accept Sunderland's offer to manage the club for another season.

The Dutchman had previously decided not to stay on at the club after being brought in to replace Gus Poyet for the last nine games of the Premier League season.

He managed to win three, draw three, and lose three of his games in charge and keep the Black Cats in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal in their penultimate game, which brought the 67 to tears at the final whistle.

Speaking about his decision to return, Dick Advocaat said: “After a lot of discussions with Ellis and Lee, 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.” 

Sunderland AFC chairman Ellis Short said: “Dick’s credentials in football are top class and we saw what an impact his vast knowledge and experience had on our team and the club as a whole in just two months.

“Sunderland fans took him to their hearts and so did everyone at the club, so we are absolutely thrilled that he will be here longer term.” 

The club’s sporting director, Lee Congerton, added: “Dick was always our number one choice and we were determined we weren’t going to take 'no' for an answer. I have been in constant contact with him over the last two weeks and I'm absolutely delighted that he has agreed to return.

“In just a short space of time he has bought into the club wholeheartedly and understands exactly what we need now in order to move forward. We have a lot of work to do to prepare for the season ahead and that starts in earnest now.”

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