Ex-Sunderland star hails club's appointment of Advocaat; offers insight into his style

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Former Sunderland star Bolo Zenden has backed Dick Advocaat to be a hit at the Stadium of Light.

Bolo Zenden has told Sunderland's official website that Dick Advocaat will be a good appointment for the club and has offered some insight into the way the Dutchman works.

Zenden worked with Advocaat at PSV Eindhoven during his playing career and the former Sunderland winger believes that the new Black Cats boss will help them to stay in the Premier League.

Zenden says that Advocaat will organise their defence, while making sure that they show the desire to compete in every match.

“I’m sure that he will do whatever is in his power to get the right results and stay up – he will bring organisation to keep clean sheets but he is also the type of manager who likes a fight and doesn’t give up," Zenden said. "If he can transmit that to the players, which I’m sure he can, then his enthusiasm will work its way into the team.”

Zenden's words will offer a boost to Sunderland supporters as Advocaat is yet to test himself in the Premier League.

The 67-year-old has a wealth of experience across Europe, but he has never managed in England before and has been thrown in at the deep end.

Sunderland are just one point above the drop zone and Advocaat does not have the luxury of time in which to gauge his squad's strengths and weaknesses.

Instead, he needs to make an immediate impact; otherwise the Wearsiders are in danger of losing their Premier League status.

Advocaat will take charge of his first Sunderland game this weekend against West Ham United and if he can deliver a victory, it will lift spirits around the Stadium of Light considerably.

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