Former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has backed Sunderland's appointment of Dick Advocaat to be a success in the News-Shopper.
Pardew believes that Advocaat has already made changes at Sunderland and he thinks that they will benefit from his arrival.
He says that the Dutchman has already made them more positive in their approach and he thinks that they are posing a bigger threat to opposition teams now.
“He is a successful manager – the Dutch national manager and obviously a successful manager at Rangers," he said.
“I think it is fair to say they’ve gone a little bit more direct and a little bit more positive in the way they are trying to affect the opposition. It is a great move for them to have someone of his experience at this time and he has proven that."
Pardew is currently preparing his Crystal Palace side to face Sunderland at the weekend and he will be looking to put them in further trouble.
The Black Cats are in the thick of a relegation battle, but they will host Crystal Palace boosted by the fact that they beat Newcastle United in their last fixture.
Sunderland had looked low in confidence over recent weeks, but their win over their rivals should mean that the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light is lifted on Saturday.
A game against Palace is a daunting prospect for any side at the moment though, as the Eagles are in such good form and Sunderland will have to be at their very best if they are to pick up the three points in the contest.