Sunderland legend: Ellis Short will want to kill me for saying this

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Sunderland great Niall Quinn believes Dick Advocaat should be the club's long-term manager, if he keeps them in the Premier League.

Niall Quinn has told the Chronicle that if Dick Advocaat keeps Sunderland up, then Ellis Short should be doing everything in his power to keep the Dutchman at the club.

At the moment it is expected that Advocaat will leave Sunderland at the end of the season, regardless of their fate, but Quinn suggests that Short should break the bank to keep him if he keeps the Black Cats among English football’s elite.

Advocaat has made an encouraging start to life at the Stadium of Light and Quinn believes he has the potential to make a good long-term appointment.

“Ellis Short would kill me for saying this, but if he adds his tactical nous and keeps this team up then I would be breaking the bank to make sure he stays, and give him a different type of tenure than the previous guys," Quinn said. "He could be the man to make a three-to-five-year plan out of it."

Despite Quinn's words of praise for the new Sunderland boss, there must be questions asked about the realistic chances of Advocaat's reign being a long-term one.

He is already 67-years-old and the appointment always seemed as if it were intended to be a stop-gap measure to ensure that Sunderland remained in the Premier League.

It must also be noted that the Black Cats are far from safe. Although their win over Newcastle United at the weekend has raised spirits, they are still far from guaranteed to be a Premier League side next season and need to ensure that they remain focused for the remainder of the campaign.

At the moment, Sunderland are three points above the drop zone, but they still need to collect a few more victories before they can feel assured of their top-flight status.

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