Dick Advocaat has the chance to put this international break to good use

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After a look at his side against West Ham,Dick Advoaat has time to plan for the remaining hurdles he needs to overcome to secure Sunderland's safety in the top flight.

Dick Advocaat may be glad to have a period away from club football even after just in the one game in charge of Sunderland. 

The side are currently one point above the relegation zone after a sucker punch of a late defeat to West Ham United, and face a crucial eight games that will decide whether they will be playing in the Premier League or the Championship next season.

After being quickly appointed after the sacking of Gus Poyet following their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa, this will give the Dutchman some more time to reflect and assess the resources that are at his disposal. 

Their next game is a huge one where they have a very good record when they take on Newcastle United, as they go in search of a fifth consecutive win over their fierce rivals - which will be one huge boost for the rest of the campaign.

Against West Ham there was a different system that he is more than likely to persist with in the coming weeks by starting with three strikers in order to get the Black Cats playing some far more positive football than they have been doing.

Instead of just the five days to prepare for his next huge encounter, Advocaat is currently enjoying a 15 day gap in order to think of ways to overcome opponents in the coming weeks. 

He's seen his side in the flesh once so has more of an idea of what he's got to work with, the break has come at a good time to get a medium term plan together in order to steer his side away from the drop zone.

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