Premiership: Sunderland appoint Dick Advocaat as Black Cats boss

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season.

The former Netherlands coach takes over a day after the sacking of Gus Poyet with the Black Cats one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

“We have one aim only now – to climb the table – and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us,” said Sunderland chairman Ellis Short.

Advocaat, 67, said: “I can’t wait to get started.”

Poyet was sacked after a run of just one victory in 12 league games, which left Sunderland 17th in the Premier League and one point above the relegation zone.

They were thrashed 4-0 at home by relegation rivals Aston Villa in Poyet’s last match and Advocaat’s reign will get under way with a game at West Ham on Saturday.

“Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said the Dutchman, who becomes the oldest manager currently in the top flight.

“We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority.”

Zeljko Petrovic will be Advocaat’s first-team coach, while former Swansea and England Under-20 goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker will be part of his backroom staff.

Sunderland academy coach Paul Bracewell will also support the head coach and his backroom team for the final nine games of the season.

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