The former Zenit and Rangers boss has history of creating a positive atmosphere at the clubs he manages.
Indeed, with the Dutchman in charge, gone should be the days of Gus Poyet's cryptic letters to supporters.
Instead, Sunderland now have a manager who has become extremely popular with club fans in the past.
Above is a video of Zenit St Petersburg fans seeing Advocaat off in their droves at the airport when he left the Russian club six years ago.
Supporters chanted the 67-year-old's name and he was driven to tears in response.
And it's not only at Zenit where Advocaat proved popular. Rangers fans still look back fondly at 'the little general's' time at Ibrox, while PSV fans even welcomed him back for a second spell at the club years later.
So, however Advocaat fares on the pitch, off it he should prove a far cry from the likes of Poyet, Paolo Di Canio and Steve Bruce. This is a man who embraces the home faithful and develops a real rapport with his supporters.
Sunderland fans can afford themselves a little bit of excitement,, then, but only if the 67-year-old achieves his short-term aim, of course, and keeps them in the Premier League.