Dick Advocaat dismisses rumours linking Sunderland with Phillip Cocu

Sunderland Stadium of Light

The outgoing Sunderland boss is currently advising the club's hierarchy on their next appointment.

Dick Advocaat has dismissed speculation linking Dutch legend Phillip Cocu with potentially becoming Head Coach at the Stadium of Light. 

Advocaat confirmed his departure as Sunderland boss after being installed on a temporary basis from the end of March in order to secure the club's survival in the Premier League - a remit he successful filled.

As a result the Black Cats, are on the lookout for a new manager that can keep the club in the top-flight without enduring the stresses of potentially being relegated to the Championship - as has been the case in the last couple of seasons. 

The Northern Echo is reporting that Advocaat is advising sporting director Lee Congerton and chairman Ellis Short over their next appointment, and carried this quote from Advocaat: “Sunderland have not contacted Phillip Cocu."

Cocu is currently in charge of PSV Eindhoven and presided over the side's recent Eredivisie triumph. 

Ideally, Sunderland would like a manager who could take the club forward over the medium term after several seasons of feeling they need to change their Head Coach because of the threat of relegation.

It usually ends up being the same old story, with the side starting the season off pretty slowly, the threat of relegation looms large, they make the change and end up scraping Premier League survival.

It may be dramatic, but it's hard to think that Sunderland fans won't enjoy the relative calm of performing solidly in mid-table for a couple of years. 

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