Sunderland name Advocaat as new coach

AFP , Tuesday 17 Mar 2015

English Premier League strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday named former Dutch national coach Dick Advocaat as their new manager.

The northeast club quickly made the appointment after sacking Gus Poyet on Monday after a stinging 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa. The 67-year-old was named as coach for the rest of the season in a club statement.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: "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."

Advocaat said: "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."

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