Sunderland's Danny Graham on post-season meeting with Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat thanked the Sunderland squad for their commitment and attitude during his time at the Stadium of Light, according to Danny Graham.

Sunderland striker Danny Graham has told the Northern Echo that the whole squad is hoping that Dick Advocaat comes back as permanent manager.

Advocaat was hired by Sunderland to keep them in the Premier League in March and he completed his task.

The Black Cats improved under the Dutchman's stewardship, but he was originally intended to be just a short-term appointment.

Advocaat's contract at the Stadium of Light ended at the end of the season, but Graham is hoping that he gets an extension to his current deal. 

“He has thanked everyone for their attitude and commitment," he said. "A lot of players want him to return. Hopefully that will be the case.

“We have all thoroughly enjoyed working with him. It has been very pleasant over the last seven or eight weeks. If he did come back it would be a massive coup for the lads and the club."

Advocaat made Sunderland improve by helping them stay tight at the back, while still ensuring that they posed some attacking threat.

The North East side were able to pick up some impressive results under his tutelage and it no surprise that Graham is keen for the 67-year-old to return.

Graham was one of the beneficiaries of Advocaat's appointment, with the experienced boss bringing him back into the side's senior team, and the former Swansea City striker was clearly pleased to be involved again. 

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