Dick Advocaat becomes new manager at Sunderland

Dick_AdvocaatDick Advocaat has been appointed manager of English premier league football club Sunderland, following the sacking on Monday of Gus Poyet.

The 67-year-old Advocaat has a contract until the end of this season and is expected to keep the club out of the relegation zone with nine matches to go. Sunderland managed just six points out of the last ten matches and is currently at number 17 in the premier league.

The Dutchman has never before managed an English premier league team, but was manager of the Scottish Glasgow Rangers between 1998 and 2002. His career has included stints as manager of the Dutch, Belgian and Serbian national teams. He was sacked from the latter post last November.

He has also been manager of PSV, AZ, Haarlem and Senit Sint-Petersburg.

He is the third Dutchman currently managing an English premier league team, joining Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) and Ronald Koeman (Southampton).

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