Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports that Dick Advocaat’s experience at Rangers will help him succeed at Sunderland.
Advocaat has been appointed as the Sunderland manager for the rest of the season, following the dismissal of Gus Poyet on Monday.
The Dutchman has been in charge of a number of clubs throughout Europe in his career, including Scottish giants Rangers.
The 67-year-old was the manager of the Glasgow-based outfit from 1998 to 2002, winning the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Cup twice each.
Pearce believes that Advocaat’s experience at Rangers will help him at Sunderland and told Sky Sports’ Morning View show on Tuesday: “His CV is quite incredible, he has managed mostly all over Europe at varying levels.
“I think his experience at Rangers will stand him in good stead coming into England. Managing in a scrap won’t be a problem. I think what he has to do is turn around that confidence issue.”
There are two issues with Pearce’s argument.
Firstly, Advocaat last managed a British club back in 2002. Football has changed in the past 15 or so years.
Moreover, Rangers are a Scottish club, and football in Scotland and in England are quite different.
Advocaat is a well-travelled and well-respected football manager, but at Sunderland he will have to hit the ground running.
The Black Cats are struggling against relegation from the Premier League, and the former Netherlands boss has his work cut out.