Advocaat confirms he will 'start soon' as Sunderland manager, reveals contract length

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Dick Advocaat has told Dutch media that he has agreed to become the new Sunderland boss.

Dick Advocaat has told Dutch website Voetbal International that he has agreed to become the new manager of Sunderland.

Sunderland have only been without a manager for a matter of hours having sacked Gus Poyet earlier today, with the Uruguayan paying the price for his side's humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

With just nine Premier League games to play, Sunderland need to find results quickly given that they lie just one point clear of the relegation zone, so hiring a new manager ahead of Saturday's game against out-of-form West Ham United was vital.

And now, it seems that they've already found their man after Advocaat confirmed he's taken the job at the Stadium of Light.

The 67-year-old has been out of management since November, when he stepped down as manager of the Serbia national team, but now returns to Britain having already managed in Scotland with Rangers in the late 1990's and early 2000's.

Speaking to Dutch website Voetbal International, Advocaat confirmed that he will 'start work soon' at Sunderland, and also revealed that his contract with the club will only run until the end of the season.

"I'm still in a dark hotel, but start work soon at the Stadium of Light," said Advocaat. "It [the contract] is initially purely for this season."

Sunderland manage to bring in an experienced manager but have no obligation towards him beyond this season, and will be looking to hire a long-term manager in the summer - which, for now, looks like a good strategy from the Black Cats hierarchy.

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