Combine his age, and the amount of managerial posts he has taken up, is he really going to be around for that long?
The Black Cats have an incredible record when it comes to managers and head coaches. The Dutchman becomes the eighth man within the past seven years to take charge of first team affairs at the Stadium of Light.
The club's decision to make a change is understandable. Four wins from 29 league games and a 4-0 home defeat against a side also in a relegation scrap to leave them one point above the drop zone, there is no surprise that Ellis Short has pushed the panic button and called upon the services of the experienced 67-year-old.
While he has managed in several countries, and taken charge of several national teams, he hasn't really stuck around for long.
The longest spells he has in charge of sides have been with PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers [four years each] and those spells were in the 1990s and early 2000s.
He has also had his fair share of success in the Netherlands and in Scotland, while he also led Zenit St Petersburg to UEFA Cup glory in 2008 in Manchester with victory over Rangers, so there is certainly a degree of pedigree there to get excited about if it was for the medium term.
But looking at his record, combined with his age, it seems like an attempted rescue act for Advocaat is on the cards here and little else.
When there has been so much change at the club when it comes to the management, one would think there is going to come a point where there has to be someone appointed with the view of a good few years at the helm - though Premier League status is a big cause for the changes given the amount of times Sunderland have been in a precarious position.
His contract may only be until the end of the season for now, but if he does well there will be the appetite to keep him on board beyond this season. Just how long remains to be seen, but don't expect it to be too long.