Former Chelsea and Stoke City goalkeeper Ed de Goey has told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that Dick Advocaat will keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
Advocaat has been appointed as the new manager of the Black Cats following the dismissal of Gus Poyet on Monday.
Sunderland made the announcement on their official website on Tuesday morning, with the team currently a point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone.
Former AZ coach Advocaat has been brought in to make sure that the Black Cats do not go down to the Championship, and former Netherlands international De Goey has told talkSPORT that he will do just that.
“If somebody can do it, then he is the man,” the 48-year-old told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If you see his recored in the past, I think he is the man...
“He gives a kick up the backside. He is very straight in training, and he has got the fighting spirit all the time.”
Sunderland were in a similar position last season, but they eventually survived the drop with Poyet in charge of the team.
One suspects that the Black Cats could do something similar this time as well, but it will be just as tough.
Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley are currently the bottom three clubs in the Premier League, but the likes of Sunderland, Aston Villa and Hull City are all in danger.
Even Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are not entirely safe from relegation.