Sunderland boss Advocaat says Newcastle United legend's words strike a chord with him

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he finds the words of Sir Bobby Robson applicable right now.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is riding a wave of emotion after helping the Black Cats ensure their Premier League survival.

Amid the surprise show of tears at the final whistle in midweek when they clinched a draw with Arsenal, he says he is trying to stay reasoned about returning next year.

Speaking in The Telegraph the Dutchman said he had promised his wife he would only be at the club for a short-term basis, but is now seriously considering continuing.

He says the words of former Newcastle United, Ipswich Town and England boss Sir Bobby Robson strike a chord with him right now.

He is quoted: "Everybody who is involved in football knows how important this is for me. I can understand why Sir Bobby Robson called football management a drug, particularly after nights like Wednesday."

Advocaat went onto add that the deciding factor in him staying at Wearside will be commitment from the board.

He wants enough money to sign five or six 'quality' players, who can push them to the top half of the table.

Advocaat has the name-attraction and connections to pull off such deals if he has the backing, and if he does not get it, then a worrying message goes out to fans of the club.

In recent times particularly under Steve Bruce and Paolo di Canio, the club have had a scattergun approach with regard to recruitment, spending aplenty, but also wasting it, and recruiting more than 10 players in a single summer. 

A more concentrated and quality over quantity approach might just be enough to fuel Advocaat's addiction.

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