The Northern Echo has reported that Sunderland are desperate to try and retain Dick Advocaat as their manager for next season.
The Dutchman was brought in to replace Gus Poyet with the specific purpose of keeping the team up, which was achieved with a point against Arsenal last night.
The paper states that Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short will now do everything possible to create the circumstances where Advocaat will have a crack at consolidating the team in the top flight next year.
If he does stay on then he will have a number of challenges to deal with over the summer to try and make sure that the club does not find themselves in a similar position again next season.
Players will come in and players will be moved out and the benefit in keeping Advocaat is that he already knows the squad and he will have ideas over the best way to go about filling the holes in the squad.
Sunderland could consider making a change if talks with the Dutchman prove fruitless, but Advocaat wouldn’t be an unpopular man to lead the team considering the progress they have made in a short period of time.