Jermain Defoe urges Dick Advocaat to stay at Sunderland

Dick Advocaat

After securing Sunderland's survival, Jermain Defoe hopes Dick Advocaat extends his stay at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe hopes that head coach Dick Advocaat will stay on at the club beyond the end of the season after securing the side's Premier League status.

The Dutchman arrived at the club when they were at a low ebb following a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa at home that put them right in the thick of a relegation battle.

The side was struggling for wins after only recording the four victories throughout the league season, but since Advocaat arrived on Wearside, he has managed to claim three wins in just the eight games, with the side only defeated twice.

Defoe - who arrived in the winter transfer window - told the Sunderland Echo: “It would be nice if he could stay. I think all the lads would like him to stay.

“But, at the end of the day, it’s down to him. It’s his decision and we’ll see what happens. But if he does stay, it will be good for the football club.”

It does feel like Sunderland could do with an element of stability after three consecutive seasons of changing manager in order to prevent their relegation to the Championship.

They tried that with Gus Poyet, but things turned sour there, and if Advocaat were to stay on there would be pressure on him to try and secure their survival early on in the season - which means getting the side to win on a more regular basis.

One area of improvement would be turning the draws into wins. Sunderland have been involved in 17 stalemates this season, which is more than any other side, and their inability to win earlier in the campaign severely hampered their progress.

It seems as though the 67-year-old was primarily a quick fix in order to secure the club's survival, but maybe at least another year of the Dutchman at the Stadium of Light could lay a solid foundation for the side to build on and ensure that they do not find themselves in such a perilous league position in the seasons to come.

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