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Dick Advocaat appointed Sunderland coach until end of season

Dick Advocaat has been appointed the head coach of Sunderland until the end of the season.

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The announcement comes just one day after Gus Poyet was sacked by the Black Cats following a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Aston Villa at the weekend.

The Dutchman arrives at the club tasked with ensuring their Premier League survival with Sunderland currently just one point above the relegation places with only nine games left.

“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,” said Short, to the 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,” said Advocaat.

The Dutch coach has a wealth of experience having been a manager at both club and international level over the past 30 years including positions with the likes of the Dutch national team, Russia, AZ Alkmaar and PSV.

His most recent job was as head-coach of Serbia where he was appointed in July 2014, however just four months later his contract was terminated by mutual consent following a 3-1 home defeat to Denmark in November.

However, Advocaat has had successful spells with Rangers, PSV and Zenit St Petersburg winning a number of trophies with each.

Zeljko Petrovic and Adrian Tucker will join him at the club whilst Sunderland Academy coach Paul Bracewell will also lend his support until the end of the season.

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