Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has likened Dick Advocaat to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in The Sun.
Advocaat has been re-appointed as the Sunderland boss on a one-year contract, after he went back on his initial decision to reject the offer to remain at the Black Cats.
The Dutchman was brought in by Sunderland in March as a replacement for the sacked Gus Poyet to maintain the club’s Premier League status.
The former Rangers boss did just that, and he will be expected to do the same next season.
Former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Defoe is happy that Advocaat has returned to Sunderland and has spoken highly of his management style.
“I can imagine everyone is delighted at the club,” the 32-year-old told The Sun. “I was shocked more than anything because it’s a massive U-turn.
“But he’s probably looked at it and thought it’s a great opportunity to come back to the club and do something special next season. He was a good guy.
"He demanded 100 per cent effort in training and matches, but he was a really nice man. He is similar what I hear Jose Mourinho is like — really nice guys, but when it is time to work, they work.”
Advocaat broke into tears when he secured Premier League survival for Sunderland last season, and it showed just how much he cares about the club.
It would not be wise to expect the former Netherlands national team coach to work miracles next season, but the fans can look forward to the 2015-16 campaign with optimism.
If Advocaat is given funds in the summer transfer window and he is able to sign some good players, then Sunderland could have a better season than they had in 2014-15.