Dick Advocaat sticks with Sunderland

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat

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Dick Advocaat has signed a one-year contract with Sunderland after initially turning down the opportunity to remain at the Stadium of Light.

The Dutchman originally took over on Wearside on March 17 on a deal until the end of the campaign and he successfully guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival.

The 67-year-old was then offered a new three-year contract to remain at the north-east club but turned the opportunity down as he did not want to continue in club management.

However, the former Rangers manager has now performed a U-turn and has decided to remain at the Stadium of Light for at least another season after being convinced by owner Ellis Short and sporting director Lee Congerton.

Advocaat said: “After a lot of discussions with Ellis (Short) and Lee (Congerton), they convinced me that I am the right man for the club.”

The experienced coach admitted that he has enjoyed his time at the club and that the decision appears to benefit all parties concerned.

He added: “It was a great feeling to be part of Sunderland in the last few months, the experience was something very special and after talking with Lee, Ellis and of course my family, we all agree it is the right decision.”

Advocaat will be charged with the task of making sure Sunderland are not involved in another relegation scrap as the Black Cats have spent the previous three campaigns fighting for their Premier League status.

The Wearside club are 2.88 to be relegated next season.

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