Arsenal legend Martin Keown has suggested in The Daily Mail that Sunderland should keep Dick Advocaat as their manager next season.
Advocaat is out of contract in the summer, having been appointed the Black Cats boss in mid-March.
The Dutchman has secured Premier League survival for Sunderland, and former Arsenal star Keown believes that he deserves a new deal.
“The club has to reinforce in the summer because they have been too close to the drop these past few years,” the 48-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail.
“Advocaat deserves the chance to build a team and perhaps look to mentor a young manager to take over in the future. But for now they should enjoy their survival – it is a magnificent achievement.”
The job that Advocaat has done at Sunderland in such a short period of time is indeed remarkable, and the emotions he showed following the goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday suggest that he genuinely cares for the club.
However, the problem is that Advocaat is 67 years of age. If Sunderland want to become a mid-table team in the Premier League in the coming years, then they need someone who is younger.
This is not to suggest that Advocaat, with his vast experience and European pedigree, is not good enough to guide Sunderland into a better future, but if the Black Cats get someone younger, then they should approach him.