Sunderland, to their credit, have made a swift appointment following the sacking of Gus Poyet yesterday by bringing experienced Dutch manager Dick Advocaat.
The 67-year-old is now the oldest manager in the Premier League with Sunderland announcing that this is a “short-term” appointment until the end of the season.
The Dutchman has won league titles in Russia, Holland and Scotland, but will be faced with a different task of aiming to keep a side low on confidence in the top flight of English football.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the appointment:
7 – Dick Advocaat is the seventh Dutch manager to take charge of a Premier League team. Lucky.
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) March 17, 2015
One snippet: understand Lee Congerton canvassed opinion from Sir Alex Ferguson & Carlo Ancelotti, as well as Arnesen, re Advocaat. #Safc
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) March 17, 2015
PL managers with top tier league titles: Mourinho (7) Van Gaal (7) Pellegrini (6) Advocaat (4) Wenger (4) Koeman (3)
— Michiel Jongsma (@JongsmaJongsma) March 17, 2015
Are Sunderland really better off replacing Poyet with a manager who has had 7 jobs in 6 years? Just playing Devil’s Advocaat
— Huw Davies (@thehuwdavies) March 17, 2015
Swear down your managers name is Dick Advocaat? And you expect not to be relegated?
— Jutiniho (@Judiniho) March 17, 2015
Dick Advocaat is Mayor Quimby. pic.twitter.com/f0hV7RxviJ
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) March 17, 2015