Dick Advocaat discusses extending his Sunderland contract

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Dick Advocaat has been placed in temporary charge of Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

Advocaat was appointed earlier this week, with Gus Poyet leaving the club sat one point above the relegation places, and he has addressed the possibility of staying past the end of this season with the Sunderland Echo.

The well-travelled Dutch veteran has nine games to keep the Wearside club in the top flight, and his work will be cut out as the squad he has inherited look devoid of fight, spirit and a large portion of talent.

Having only signed a deal until the end of the campaign, it is expected that Advocaat will leave the Stadium of Light to be replaced by a younger boss in a permanent capacity, with Paul Clement and Sam Allardyce two names heavily linked with the post, as per the Echo.

At 67-years-old, one would expect this role to be Advocaat’s last as a head coach in his career, and a short-term deal works out best for him and the club. If he keeps them up, he can be considered a success to end his career on a high, whereas, if the Black Cats are relegated, they have no one tied down to pay off as they cancel his contract.

While relegation would likely limit the number of top class managers they could target, staying in the top flight would increase the interest in the role, but Advocaat has admitted that he is open to the possibility of remaining at the Stadium of Light past the end of his deal.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Advocaat said: “I’ve heard and read the reports that they are already looking for a younger trainer. At the moment, I’m only here for two months.

“But, in principle, yes [I’d be interested]. The first two days have been good. What have I got to lose? Nothing.”

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