Why Sunderland should take survival hope from Advocaat’s recent record

Dick Advocaat has a positive record in debut matches as a manager.

While only set to remain in charge at the Stadium of Light until the end of the campaign, Dick Advocaat could have a huge impact on the future of Sunderland.

If he keeps the Wearside club in the Premier League, the Dutchman will likely go down as something of a cult hero, while relegation could spell a long time out of the top flight for the Black Cats.

With just nine games left to save the club from the drop, with one point currently separating them from the relegation places, how does Advocaat’s recent record hint at Sunderland's fortunes for the rest of the campaign?

His most recent role was in charge of Serbia, with whom he won one, drew two and lost one game before leaving his job. His first three results were the two draws and a victory, and it is this kind of early form that characterises his career.

His three jobs prior to taking the Serbia post brought victories in his opening games, with just two defeats suffered across 21 fixtures with Russia, PSV and AZ Alkmaar.

Prior to his role with Russia, he had a first spell with AZ, where he won just one, and lost four of his first five games. However, two of those games were against Dutch champions Ajax, and all the losses were by one-goal scorelines.

Although never managing clubs in the same position as Sunderland, with most of his jobs at higher profile sides, Advocaat has a brilliant record of guaranteeing a quick turnaround of results. He has experience of both club-level and international football, and his ability to pick up points quickly could prove vital to the Black Cats.

There is still no knowing if the Dutch veteran will keep Sunderland in the Premier League, but his recent managerial record suggests that he has the ability to ensure the club give a good account of themselves in the fight for survival.

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