Sunderland fans raise £2250 to buy flowers for Advocaat's wife after retirement U-turn

Dick Advocaat

Black Cats supporters were eager to thank the Dutchman's wife after Advocaat signed a new one-year deal at the club.

Sunderland supporters delighted with Dick Advocaat's decision to postpone his retirement and continue managing at the Stadium of Light have started a campaign to thank the manager's wife with a bouquet of flowers.

The 67-year-old had previously said that he had promised his wife he would retire this summer, meaning that the 0-0 draw at the end of the season looked like being the ex-Rangers boss's last ever match as a manager.

But Advocaat signed a new deal on Thursday to stay at the club for an extra season, and supporters wished to thank his wife for allowing an extra year. 

However, while the initial goal was £150, which would buy a pretty decent bunch for even the biggest flora fans, it has run into the thousands since being posted on the gofundme website, suggesting that the Advocaat household could well have turned into something of a botanical paradise in the near future.

Luckily, the plan is to split all donations exceeding £150 between the SAFC foundation and a charity of Mrs Advocaat's choice.

At the time of writing, the website has accumulated £2255 of donations from 320 people.

Advocaat joined Sunderland in March, helping the Black Cats to 3 wins and 3 draws in 9 games to ensure Premier League safety, and had been set to leave football until his unexpected change of heart saw a new one-year deal at the Stadium of Light.

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