Ex-Newcastle United star Peter Lovenkrands on Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat

Former Newcastle United star Peter Lovenkrands speaks highly of Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat.

Former Newcastle United attacker Peter Lovenkrands has told Sky Sports that Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is wrongly perceived in the media.

Lovenkrands, who worked with Advocaat in his playing career, dispels the myth that the Dutchman is strict and disciplinarian in his approach.

“He is a fantastic coach,” the 35-year-old said on the Sky Sports’ Morning View show on Thursday morning. “I played under him.

“He had the reputation of the Little General. He was meant to be a hard man, but I saw a totally different side.

“He was fantastic with the young players and he knew what they wanted to do in training. I loved his training. I think he will do a good job.”

Advocaat was appointed the Sunderland manager last month following the dismissal of Gus Poyet due to a run of poor results.

The Dutchman has done a decent work at the Stadium of Light so far this campaign, as the Black Cats have won one and lost the other game he has been in charge of.

That victory came against Newcastle United 1-0 at home in the Premier League on Sunday and has enhanced Sunderland’s chances of retaining their Premier League status for next season.

It is not going to be easy for Sunderland, as they have some tough fixtures coming up, such as the ones against Stoke City (away), Southampton (home), Arsenal (away) and Chelsea (away).

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