Report: Advocaat in talks to become next Sunderland manager, appointment expected

Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat is reportedly set to become the new Sunderland manager.

According to the Daily Mail, Dick Advocaat has arrived in the North East for talks with Sunderland over being their new manager, with his appointment expected in the coming days.

Sunderland sacked manager Gus Poyet earlier today after his side lost 4-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, with the defeat plunging the Black Cats just one point above the drop zone.

Poyet has paid for the defeat with his job, and given that Sunderland have just nine games left to play this season, a quick appointment is paramount for the Black Cats.

The Daily Mail report that Dutchman Dick Advocaat has not only flown into the North East tonight for negotiations over becoming the new Sunderland boss, but is expected to be appointed before Saturday's game against West Ham United.

Advocaat, 67, is best known in Britain for leading Rangers to two successive Scottish Premiership titles between 1998 and 2000, and is a free agent having left his post as Serbia boss back in November.

The Daily Mail believe that Advocaat will be handed a contract until the end of the season, and could earn up to £500,000 should he manage to keep Sunderland in the Premier League - but won't be considered as a long-term solution for the club.

They also suggest that he will appoint Zeljko Petrovic as his assistant having worked together with the Serbia national team, and he may be familiar to some having assisted Avram Grant at West Ham in 2010.

It appears that Advocaat could be closing in on a move to Wearside - meaning Sunderland's search for a new manager hasn't taken very long at all.

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